French: Blongios de Sturm German: Graurückendommel Spanish: Avetorillo plomizo
Sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Ethiopia and S (avoiding arid zones) to South Africa.
25–30 cm; 142 g (one immature male); wingspan 50 cm. Distinguished from Butorides striata by smaller size, slower flight, pale and heavily streaked underparts... read more
In advertisement gives a “hoo, hoo, hoo” and a loud croak when disturbed.
Wooded areas or bush with dense foliage along margins of freshwater rivers, streams, lakes and... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including water beetles and especially grasshoppers, and frogs; also small fish, crabs, spiders and snails, with local... read more
Season very variable, generally coinciding with rains, but sometimes early in dry season: Sept in Senegal; Aug–Oct in Mali; Jul in... read more
African migrant, movements related with changes in water level due to seasonal rains. Equatorial... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread, but uncommon to rare throughout extensive range. Locally common during breeding, e.g. in NE Namibia, S Angola. In Malawi... read more
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