NamingThis heron is considered a subspecies of the striated heron ''B. striata'' by some authorities , and was formerly "lumped" with this species and the green heron ''B. virescens'' as the green-backed heron ''B. striatus''.
BehaviorThe lava heron stalks small crabs and fish slowly before quickly spearing and eating them. They have also been known to eat the flies that gather near cacti. Unlike most herons, these birds nest in solitary pairs in either the lower branches of mangrove trees or under lava rocks. They can breed year-round, though typically from September to March, and can mate up to three times a year. These birds have no fear of humans.
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