CUBAN BIRD HELP
I’ve just returned from a holiday in Cuba, where I was reading April 2016’s I’ve attached a couple of photos of birds we saw while there, and wondered if you could help identify them please? Stuart Stokes, via email
QThe heron in your picture is a Green Heron, a New World species that has been known to visit the UK on very rare occasions. The only confusion species in that area would be the Tri-coloured Heron, which unlike your bird has a white belly. Often considered one of the most intelligent birds, the Green Heron is also a tool user, laying insects or other small objects on the water’s surface as bait for the fish it feeds on. The species has also been recorded using bait acquired from anglers in this method! The black and white wader is a Black-necked Stilt, an American subspecies of the Black-winged Stilt. The main difference between the two is the Black-necked Stilt having no white band separating the black areas on head and back, and the white spot above the eye.