The Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides), is of Old World origins, breeding in southern Europe and the Middle East. It is a migrant, wintering in Africa. It is rare north of its breeding range. Their breeding habitat is marshy wetlands in warm climates.
It is a small heron, 15.75 to 19.25 inches long with 32.25 to 37.5 inch wingspan. It is a stocky species with a short neck, short thick bill and buff-brown back. In summer, adults have long neck feathers. Its appearance is transformed in flight, when it looks very white due to the color of the wings.
They nest in small colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. 3-4 eggs are laid. These herons feed on insects, fish and amphibians.