Definition of squacco heron in English:

squacco heron

noun

  • A small crested buff and white heron found in southern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

    • ‘A couple of spur-winged plovers were flying around and a squacco heron flew over me.’
    • ‘Martin Wagner, from Thames Water said: ‘The sighting of the squacco heron is a great success for the company as well as for wildlife.’’
    • ‘There was also a pair of squacco herons in the reeds.’
    • ‘It also houses specimens of night herons, squacco herons, little egrets and is usually visited by the marsh harrier.’
    • ‘The squacco heron is a summer migrant from sub-Saharan Africa to the marshes of southern Europe.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: squacco from Italian dialect sguacco.

Pronunciation

squacco heron

/ˈskwakəʊ/