French: Crabier blanc German: Dickschnabelreiher Spanish: Garcilla malgache
Other common names:
east coast of Madagascar
Madagascar and Aldabra, Maore (Mayotte) and Europa I. Winters in EC & E Africa, mainly in Kenya and Tanzania, but S to Mozambique and W to DRCongo.
45–48 cm. Typical two-tone bill of genus separates from Bubulcus and Egretta. In breeding condition, entire plumage snow-white, sometimes with slight... read more
A “krruk” considered to be louder, more raucous and less shrill than that of A. ralloides... read more
Shallow waterbodies fringed with vegetation or with floating vegatation, including marshes, lakes,... read more
Food and feeding
In breeding zones, fish, frogs, skinks, geckos, grasshoppers and beetles. Secretive, solitary feeder, only rarely forming flocks. On... read more
Mainly Nov–Dec (late Oct–Mar), at start of rains; on Aldabra, season inferred (from acquisition of breeding plumage) to be Nov... read more
Migrates to C & E Africa; a few birds remain in Madagascar, but away from breeding grounds;... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Previously considered Near Threatened. Listed on Appendix 2 of Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. Population estimated at 1300... read more
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