Comments: Forages in shallow water; stands motionless and waits for prey to come within striking distance or, more frequently, runs erratically through the water, frequently changing directions, leaping, stopping and starting, gliding short distances, and spreading its wings (the latter behavior referred to as canopy feeding; Paul 1991, Simersky 1971, Stevenson and Anderson 1994). Forages during the day (Powell 1987). Generally forages alone, but may loosely associate with other herons (Stiles and Skutch 1989). Adults are more efficient foragers (32-42 percent capture success) than immatures (25-29 percent capture success; Paul 1991; Rodgers 1983, cited in Paul 1991). Prey includes small fishes (at least 32 species), crustaceans (e.g., shrimp, crabs), and insects (Paul 1991). In Texas, 93 percent of the diet was comprised of two cyprinodontid killifish, the sheepshead minnow (Cyprinodon variegatus) and the longnose killifish (Fundulus similis; McMurray 1971, Simersky 1971). In another food habits study conducted in Texas, cyprinodontid killifish constituted 75 percent of the diet; whereas in Florida, 78 percent of the diet was comprised of killifish (Paul 1991).