Family Herons (Ardeidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-bellied Heron (Ardeola rufiventris)


Taxonomy

French: Crabier à ventre roux German: Rotbauchreiher Spanish: Garcilla ventrirroja
Taxonomy:

Ardea rufiventris

Sundevall

, 1850,

Mooi River, near Potchefstroom, North West Province, South Africa

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Frequently placed in genus Butorides. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Uganda and Kenya S to KwaZulu-Natal (E South Africa) and W to Angola, N Namibia and N Botswana.

Descriptive notes

38–39 cm. Much darker than other Ardeola; larger, thicker-necked, longer-winged and heavier-billed than Butorides striata; E. ardesiaca is... read more

Voice

Vocalizations include a crow-like “kar” and croaking or rasping “kraak”, as well as a “cherr-cherr... read more

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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

Recommended citation

Martínez-Vilalta, A., Motis, A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Rufous-bellied Heron (Ardeola rufiventris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52703 on 18 November 2018).