French: Aigrette ardoisée German: Glockenreiher Spanish: Garceta azabache
Africa S of Sahara except Congo Basin and arid area around Kalahari; Madagascar.
42·5–66 cm; 270–390 g. Blackest member of Egretta, being all slaty black, with luxuriant, bushy crest formed of lanceolate plumes tinged bluish;... read more
Considered to be generally silent, other than low clucking sounds (context unknown) and harsh... read more
More common on fresh waters, shallow lakesides, rivers, ponds, marshes, flooded plains and rice... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small fish (15–30 mm in size), but also crustaceans and aquatic insects. Catches prey by means of characteristic Canopy... read more
Generally peaks around onset of rains and period of flooding; laying Aug–Feb in Mali, Feb–Mar or May–Jun in Kenya,... read more
Sedentary, especially in E & C Africa, albeit with some local movements, presumably promoted by... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally scarce, though locally abundant, e.g. by L Victoria; patchy distribution, with overall population estimated at 25,000... read more
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