from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small rail-like heron of Europe, Asia, and Africa, Ardea or Ardeola comata, ralloiden, castanea, or squaiotta, of a white color, much varied with chestnut or russet-brown and black.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A heron (Ardea comata) found in Asia, Northern Africa, and Southern Europe.

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  • noun A heron, Ardea comata, found in Asia, Northern Africa, and Southern Europe.


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  • They serve as the most important heron breeding area in Italy for squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides), black-crowned night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), and little egret (Egretta garzetta) (700 – 1,000 pairs).

    Po Basin mixed forests

  • Other species, such as little bustard (Otis tetrax), peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), and squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides) use it as breeding grounds.

    Caspian Hyrcanian mixed forests

  • The sight that had arrested their attention was hundreds of the smaller squacco herons, standing-long necks curved into an S and long beaks poised to stab at fish-on nearly every single one of the sturdy lily pads that surrounded each fragrant blooming white flower.

    The Plains of Passage

  • In the two following cases (120, 121) the visitor will find the American blue heron, and the great and little egrets; and in the next two cases given to the crane family (122, 123) are the bittern and little bittern of Europe, the American lineated bittern, the squacco and night herons of Europe, the American night heron, the

    How to See the British Museum in Four Visits

  • It is an important breeding ground for little cormorants Phalacrocorax pygmaeus (15 pairs), night heron Nycticorax nycticorax (50-150 pairs), squacco heron Ardeola rallioides (60 pairs), little bittern Ixobrychus minutus (20 pairs), glossy ibis Plegadis falcinellus (5 pairs), white spoonbill Platalea leucorodia (6-20 pairs), corncrake Crex crex (V), great bustard Otis tarda and five other heron species with some 1,000 nests.

    Srebarna Nature Reserve, Bulgaria


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  • A small crested species of heron, Ardea ralloides or comata.

    February 2, 2007

  • Excellent!

    February 2, 2007