French: Héron mélanocéphale German: Schwarzhalsreiher Spanish: Garza cabecinegra
Children and Vigors
no locality = possibly near Lake Chad
Sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Eritrea and S to South Africa.
92–96 cm; 710–1650 g. Smaller and relatively slimmer-bodied than A. cinerea, from which easily distinguished by black on head and neck, bicoloured wing... read more
Variety of harsh, squawking calls including a raucous croak or loud, nasal “kuark” away from... read more
Largely terrestrial and associated much less with wetlands than most herons; typically found in... read more
Food and feeding
A wide range of vertebrates and invertebrates, mostly terrestrial but also aquatic; rodents (rates, water voles and musk-shrews), insects (... read more
Mainly during rains; in places year-round, but peak still usually during rains, e.g. Senegambia and Guinea Bissau in Apr–Jun, Mali in... read more
Sedentary in equatorial zone; elsewhere apparently migratory, with movements related to dry seasons... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and common, but with rather patchy distribution and no overall indications of abundance; population of Niger estimated at... read more
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