Family Herons (Ardeidae)

Vulnerable

Slaty Egret (Egretta vinaceigula)


Taxonomy

French: Aigrette vineuse German: Braunkehlreiher Spanish: Garceta gorjirroja
Taxonomy:

Melanophoyx vinaceigula

Sharpe

, 1895,

Potchefstroom, North West Province, South Africa

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Formerly considered merely a colour morph of E. ardesiaca. Monotypic.

Distribution:

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.

Descriptive notes

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

Voice

Vocalizations very poorly known. Gives a triple “kraak” during antagonistic encounters.

Habitat

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

Breeding

Little known; very few records. Breeding noted Feb–Jun (just after height of local floods). Forms small colonies of 3–60 nests... read more

Movements

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

Recommended citation

Martínez-Vilalta, A., Motis, A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Slaty Egret (Egretta vinaceigula). 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/52687 on 19 February 2019).