French: Aigrette vineuse German: Braunkehlreiher Spanish: Garceta gorjirroja
Potchefstroom, North West Province, South Africa
N Botswana (Okavango Delta and R Chobe) and NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip) through R Zambezi (NW Zimbabwe) and N to Liuwa Plains, Kafue Flats and Bangweulu Swamp, in Zambia. Possibly also S DRCongo, E Angola, Mozambique and Malawi; formerly occurred in South Africa.
43–60 cm; 250–340 g. Plumage largely dark blue-grey, frequently appearing black in the field, with red-brown chin, throat and upper foreneck, narrow grey crest... read more
Vocalizations very poorly known. Gives a triple “kraak” during antagonistic encounters.
Marshes, floodplains; apparently prefers extensive shallow inundation zones with pools and channels... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly fish 5–10 cm long, especially cichlids, sometimes attracted by using reed stems as bait; occasionally dragonflies (caught in... read more
Little known; very few records. Breeding noted Feb–Jun (just after height of local floods). Forms small colonies of 3–60 nests... read more
Apparently sedentary, but some local movements and even wider dispersal probably connected with... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Population most recently estimated at 2500–3300 mature individuals, of which 500–1000 in Zambia (where not known to breed, though one record of a very... read more
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