French: Crabier à ventre roux German: Rotbauchreiher Spanish: Garcilla ventrirroja
Mooi River, near Potchefstroom, North West Province, South Africa
Uganda and Kenya S to KwaZulu-Natal (E South Africa) and W to Angola, N Namibia and N Botswana.
38–39 cm. Much darker than other Ardeola; larger, thicker-necked, longer-winged and heavier-billed than Butorides striata; E. ardesiaca is... read more
Vocalizations include a crow-like “kar” and croaking or rasping “kraak”, as well as a “cherr-cherr... read more
Seasonally flooded grassland, marshes and floodplains; shallow water along riverbanks, lakeshores,... read more
Food and feeding
Small fish (e.g. Barbus and Tilapia spp.), frogs, crustaceans, aquatic insects and worms. Apparently mostly uses passive... read more
During rains or floods: Apr–May in Angola and Uganda; Dec–Jan in Zaire; Dec–Aug (peak Mar) in Zambia; year-round in... read more
Basically sedentary, with some movements connected with seasonal flooding: occurs at L Bangweulu... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Local and generally scarce or rare (e.g. in Angola), but appears to be expanding its range in Kenya and Tanzania, with population in... read more
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