Green-backed Heron ( Butorides striata, family: Ardeidae)

green backed heron Kruger National Park birds The Green-backed Heron (Latin name Butorides striata) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 74 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 596 also a picture of the Green-backed Heron on page 577. The Green-backed Heron belongs to the family of birds classified as Ardeidae. According to the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology the Green-backed Heron is also known by these other names: Green Heron, Striated Heron, Little Green Heron.

The Robert's 7 Latin name for Green-backed Heron has changed from Butorides striatus in Robert's 6 to Butorides striata

The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... the green dots show the locations of the various Kruger National Park Rest Camps

The Green-backed Heron is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park. It is however a common resident

In terms of distribution of the Green-backed Heron in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. Green-backed Heron : see above distribution map.

The Green-backed Heron.

Kruger Park Greenbacked Night HeronIdentification assistance for this avian species ...

The Green-backed Heron is a bird about the size of a Francolin now called Spurfowl. The height of the Green-backed Heron is about 41 cms and its weight is about 215 gms

The male and female Green-backed Heron have the same plumage and colours

  • Head is black.
  • Eye is yellow.
  • Bill is black.
  • Throat is white.
  • Back is black, grey.
  • Legs are orange.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The Green-backed Heron feeds on the ground mainly


Aquatic life forms

Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Green-backed Heron is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Butorides striata will seek out a new mate

The nesting habit of Green-backed Heron is to create the nest on water. The bird lays eggs which are blue, green in colour and number between 2 to 6

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for Green-backed Heron are: woodlands

You will normally see the Green-backed Heron by itself rather than in the company of birds of the same species.

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Unknown

Zulu ... Unknown

Afrikaans ...Groenrugreier

German ... Mangrovereiher

Portuguese ... Gara-de-dorso-verde

French ... Hron stri

Dutch ... Mangrovereiger Striated/Little/Green-Backed

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For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...

Robert's 7th edition number ... 74

White-fronted Bee-eater ( Merops bullockoides fam. Meropidae) Kruger Park Birds & Birding ref Roberts 7

Tinkling Cisticola ( Cisticola rufilatus fam. Cisticolidae) Kruger Park Birds & Birding ref Roberts 7

The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website ,