During an inventory, a European heron was observed for the first time in the Principality of Monaco, in the Japanese garden.
It is a small male heron, about thirty centimeters, which was observed for the first time in Monaco. This migratory bird, a Least Bittern, was discovered on May 24″during a herpetological inventory”, which consisted in identifying reptiles and amphibians, reveals a press release from the principality.
“His presence in the Japanese garden is explained by the fact that it is a humid environment (his favorite area) which shelters the ideal fauna for him to feed (frogs and insects), indicates the press release. . As the garden is closed at night, it also gives him the serenity he needs to rest and hunt.”
The species is threatened due to habitat loss. It has been listed in Annex 1 of the European Birds Directive. This little heron can be observed in our latitudes during its migration, between the months of May and August. The rest of the year he lives in Africa, south of the Sahara.