|Whistling Heron Syrigma
Brazilian name: maria-faceira
|Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil
There are two subspecies of Whistling Heron, S. s. sibilatrix found in Bolivia, SE Brazil and NE Argentina and S. s. fostersmithi found in E Colombia and Venezuela which is smaller and paler.
It is quite distinctive with its red bill with black tip, its blue bare skin around the eyes, its golden neck and its blue-grey back.
|It gets its name from the rather melodious whistle that it makes in contrast to the coarse calls of most herons.
It feeds during the day on grasshoppers, frogs, eels, etc. and is probably less dependant on water for its food than any other heron.
The Brazilians call it "Maria-faceira" or "Mary the coquette".