Whistling Heron (Syrigma sibilatrix) - HBW 1, p. 405
French: Héron flûte du soleil
Spanish: Garza Chiflona
Taxonomy: Ardea sibilatrix Temminck, 1824, Brazil and Paraguay.
Formerly placed with night herons, but behaviour and morphology place it closer to day herons; genetically seems closest to Egretta. Validity of race fostersmithi sometimes questioned. Two subspecies normally recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- sibilatrix (Temminck, 1824) - Bolivia to SE Brazil and NE Argentina.
- fostersmithi Friedmann, 1949 - E Colombia, Venezuela.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 25 videos
Whistling Heron stalking prey. Locality Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp sibilatrix)
Mark Andrews 13 September 2009 3 years ago 1 min 30 sec 4.3
An individual perched on a fence and looking for prey Locality Estancia La Rábida, San José Department, Uruguay (ssp sibilatrix)
Joe Angseesing 22 February 2008 4 years ago 25 sec 4.3
Two birds meet in a marsh and confront each other. Locality Okinawa Road, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia (ssp sibilatrix)
Josep del Hoyo 9 August 2005 7 years ago 24 sec 4.2
A bird looking for prey on the ground Locality Ayacucho Department, Peru (ssp fostersmithi)
DAVID ASCANIO 30 September 2003 4 years ago 30 sec 3.9
Two birds in a wetland, one of them bathing Locality Guapi Açu Ecological Reserve (REGUA), Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil (ssp sibilatrix)
Josep del Hoyo 13 July 2007 5 years ago 24 sec 3.8
A bird feeding in a marsh Locality Okinawa Road, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia (ssp sibilatrix)
Josep del Hoyo 9 August 2005 7 years ago 39 sec 3.7
PhotosSee all 31 photos
Locality Ubatuba, São Paulo State, Brazil
Alexandre Gualhanone 29 January 2012 38 weeks ago 4.4
Whistling Heron, head and neck detail, Araras Lodge, Pantanal, Brazil
Locality Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp sibilatrix)
Mark Andrews 13 September 2009 3 years ago 4.3
Bird perched near of lagoon.
Locality Laguna del Diario, Maldonado, Maldonado Department, Uruguay
Antonio Silveira 18 February 2013 12 weeks ago 4
Locality São Vicente, São Paulo State, Brazil
Lindolfo Souto 4 May 2012 12 weeks ago 4
Locality Misión de la Santísima Trinidad del Paraná, Trinidad, Itapúa Department, Paraguay
Marco Valentini 14 August 2012 36 weeks ago 4
Looking for prey at the edge of a small pond.
Locality Santa Teresa Lodge, Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp sibilatrix)
Nick Athanas 5 August 2010 2 years ago 3.9