Squacco Heron is another one that turns up in the UK occasionally as a vagrant. Their breeding range is distributed patchily around the Mediterranean and southern Europe, across into parts of the Middle East, and they winter in Africa. The photo shows the adult's breeding plumage; outside the breeding season it is a duller brown and the nape and neck are more strongly striped. The Squacco Heron's wings are all white, but they are hidden when the bird is on the ground - however in flight it can appear almost all white. Squacco Herons' preferred habitat is freshwater ponds, streams, swamps, rivers and lakes with abundant vegetation.