JungleDragon is a nature and wildlife community for photographers, travellers and anyone who loves nature. We're genuine, free, ad-free and beautiful.

Join

Capped Heron, Uraba, Colombia Found in an agricultural area when driving back from our morning hike. A very elegant and beautiful bird that seems to know its beautiful. This bird has a giant range yet is very thinly spread, appearing in low numbers in Colombia. <br />
<br />
Despite its range and explicit looks, it is little studied. Closeup:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58967/capped_heron_-_closeup_uraba_colombia.html" title="Capped Heron - closeup, Uraba, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/58967_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1547683210&Signature=VQODAZEu%2FTciMgxeKejNtKlPet0%3D" width="200" height="108" alt="Capped Heron - closeup, Uraba, Colombia Found in an agricultural area when driving back from our morning hike. A very elegant and beautiful bird that seems to know its beautiful. This bird has a giant range yet is very thinly spread, appearing in low numbers in Colombia.<br />
<br />
Despite its range and explicit looks, it is little studied. Full body shot:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58966/capped_heron_uraba_colombia.html Antioquia,Capped Heron,Colombia,Colombia Choco &amp; Pacific region,Fall,Geotagged,Pilherodius pileatus,South America,Uraba,Urab&aacute;,World" /></a></figure><br />
Hunting behavior:<br />
<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58968/capped_heron_-_hunting_uraba_colombia.html" title="Capped Heron - hunting, Uraba, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/58968_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1547683210&Signature=XpTaOtlMCBx4FKF6BdpcYY3mkmE%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Capped Heron - hunting, Uraba, Colombia Here&#039;s the Capped Heron about to enter the water, check out its giant feet. We watched it hunt for 10 minutes. It seems to be an ambush feeder mostly, it moves to a position in the water and just stands there intensely focused, waiting for something to comes its way. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58966/capped_heron_uraba_colombia.html Antioquia,Capped Heron,Colombia,Colombia Choco &amp; Pacific region,Pilherodius pileatus,South America,Uraba,Urab&aacute;,World" /></a></figure><br />
Big feet:<br />
<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58969/capped_heron_-_feet_closeup_uraba_colombia.html" title="Capped Heron - feet closeup, Uraba, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/58969_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1547683210&Signature=fnBuao3XZl%2F6Yby%2Fuy8Z2vUaB54%3D" width="200" height="138" alt="Capped Heron - feet closeup, Uraba, Colombia Here&#039;s the Capped Heron in the water, check out its giant feet. We watched it hunt for 10 minutes. It seems to be an ambush feeder mostly, it moves to a position in the water and just stands there intensely focused, waiting for something to come its way. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58968/capped_heron_-_hunting_uraba_colombia.html Antioquia,Capped Heron,Colombia,Colombia Choco &amp; Pacific region,Pilherodius pileatus,South America,Uraba,Urab&aacute;,World" /></a></figure> Antioquia,Capped Heron,Colombia,Colombia Choco & Pacific region,Fall,Geotagged,Pilherodius pileatus,South America,Uraba,Urabá,World Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Capped Heron, Uraba, Colombia

Found in an agricultural area when driving back from our morning hike. A very elegant and beautiful bird that seems to know its beautiful. This bird has a giant range yet is very thinly spread, appearing in low numbers in Colombia.

Despite its range and explicit looks, it is little studied. Closeup:

Capped Heron - closeup, Uraba, Colombia Found in an agricultural area when driving back from our morning hike. A very elegant and beautiful bird that seems to know its beautiful. This bird has a giant range yet is very thinly spread, appearing in low numbers in Colombia.<br />
<br />
Despite its range and explicit looks, it is little studied. Full body shot:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58966/capped_heron_uraba_colombia.html Antioquia,Capped Heron,Colombia,Colombia Choco & Pacific region,Fall,Geotagged,Pilherodius pileatus,South America,Uraba,Urabá,World

Hunting behavior:

Capped Heron - hunting, Uraba, Colombia Here's the Capped Heron about to enter the water, check out its giant feet. We watched it hunt for 10 minutes. It seems to be an ambush feeder mostly, it moves to a position in the water and just stands there intensely focused, waiting for something to comes its way. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58966/capped_heron_uraba_colombia.html Antioquia,Capped Heron,Colombia,Colombia Choco & Pacific region,Pilherodius pileatus,South America,Uraba,Urabá,World

Big feet:

Capped Heron - feet closeup, Uraba, Colombia Here's the Capped Heron in the water, check out its giant feet. We watched it hunt for 10 minutes. It seems to be an ambush feeder mostly, it moves to a position in the water and just stands there intensely focused, waiting for something to come its way. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58968/capped_heron_-_hunting_uraba_colombia.html Antioquia,Capped Heron,Colombia,Colombia Choco & Pacific region,Pilherodius pileatus,South America,Uraba,Urabá,World

    comments (9)

  1. Wow! That's a beautiful bird. I love the blue skin. Were the wing feathers grayish? Just wondering if it could be a juvenile? Posted 8 months ago
    1. That's a good question, and I'm confused in trying to answer it. Wikipedia describes their main feathers as white, not grey. My birds book shows it as light grey. In general image search, about 3 out of 4 shows the grey similar to this photo.

      I'd say its unlikely those are all juveniles. Based on Wikipedia' description of an adults size, I'd guess this was an adult. But really not that sure, sorry.

      No difference between sexes btw.
      Posted 8 months ago
      1. That’s why I was wondering. I noticed most in an image search also that most appeared light gray, and thought how unlikely it would be to all be juveniles. But, I’m completely intrigued by your point about the sexes being monomorphic. Even juveniles, it seems, are similar in appearance to adults. Very fascinating, and it makes me wonder why they are not sexually dimorphic, although I’m sure other bird species also share this peculiarity. I wonder if sexual selection is less powerful in some species. Also, if they are monomorphic, then what else may be different between the sexes...For example, behaviors like singing. Would it still be a male-dominated activity? Are monomorphic birds more likely to be monogamous or polygamous? How does it affect sexual competition? Are monomorphic species more likely to be solitary or communal? Hmm, so interesting. Posted 8 months ago
        1. Another angle not yet explored could be different races or perhaps the need for the species to be split given its giant range.

          You raise some interesting questions, I'm not sure what the biggest factors are in the sexes diverging from each other in appearance. The only theory I have is that this bird is thinly spread, so maybe there is a low availability of mates, less competition, and no "need" to develop a winning appearance.

          Wikipedia mentions that this birds reproduction and nesting behavior isn't really known, so that adds to the mystery.
          Posted 8 months ago, modified 8 months ago
          1. Very fascinating for sure! Posted 8 months ago
            1. Ooof that's a nice one, and a species I have yet to see!
              As for monomorphism, it is the rule for most herons and many other large birds. It often arises in species where both pair members work together to raise chicks, which leads to mutual mate choice (I did my Master's studying one such species, the zebra finch). Here is a nice little piece that talks about some of the issues involved, with suggested further reading.
              https://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/sexual-selection-13255240
              Posted 8 months ago
              1. Thanks, Thibaud! Posted 8 months ago
              2. Interesting! Thanks so much for the info Thibaud! Posted 8 months ago
                1. Sure thing :)
                  Posted 8 months ago

Sign in or Join in order to comment.

The Capped Heron is a species of heron in the Ardeidae family. It is in the monotypic genus ''Pilherodius''.
It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.
Its natural habitats are rivers, swamps, and freshwater lakes.

Similar species: Pelecaniformes
Species identified by fchristant
View fchristant's profile

By fchristant

All rights reserved
Uploaded Apr 12, 2018. Captured Oct 27, 2017 14:32 in Unnamed Road, Mutatá, Antioquia, Colombia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/8.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO125
  • 410mm