Animalia > Chordata > Aves > Pelecaniformes > Ardeidae > Butorides > Butorides striata

Butorides striata (Green-backed Heron)

Synonyms: Ardea striata; Ardeola striata


EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 15.4091
EDGE Score: 2.79784


Adult Weight [1]  227 grams
Birth Weight [1]  16 grams
Female Weight [4]  226 grams
Breeding Habitat [2]  Freshwater marshes
Wintering Geography [2]  Non-migrartory
Wintering Habitat [2]  Freshwater marshes
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates), Piscivore
Diet - Ectothermic [3]  30 %
Diet - Fish [3]  40 %
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  30 %
Forages - Ground [3]  20 %
Forages - Water Surface [3]  80 %
Clutch Size [1]  3
Clutches / Year [4]  1
Fledging [4]  35 days
Incubation [4]  22 days
Mating Display [1]  Ground and non-acrobatic aerial display
Maximum Longevity [4]  8 years
Snout to Vent Length [4]  16 inches (40 cm)
Wing Span [5]  22 inches (.56 m)


Protected Areas

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Important Bird Areas

Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Pagbilao and Tayabas Bay Philippines A1, A4i

Biodiversity Hotspots

Habitat Vegetation Classification

Name Location  Website 
Pond-cypress Depression Forest United States (North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida)


Range Map

External References


Attributes / relations provided by
1Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
2Partners in Flight Avian Conservation Assessment Database, version 2017. Accessed on January 2018.
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
5del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2020-03-21; License: CC BY 4.0