French: Bihoreau à dos blanc German: Weißrückenreiher Spanish: Martinete encapuchado
Frequently placed in Gorsachius, but is apparently closer to N. nycticorax. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. l. leuconotus
(Wagler, 1827) – Senegal E to SW Nigeria.
C. l. natalensis
Roberts, 1933 – scattered populations from Cameroon to E Sudan, W Ethiopia and N Angola, and through DRCongo E to Tanzania and S to N Botswana and E South Africa.
50–56 cm. Sexes alike. Black and relatively large head with short, densely-feathered crest and huge-looking eyes, rufous-brown neck, white chin; usually inconspicuous... read more
Considered to be generally quiet, but a growling “taash, taash, taash”, followed by short trill, “... read more
Forested zones with dense vegetation along streams, islands in large rivers, wooded margins of... read more
Food and feeding
Little known. Apparently feeds on small fish, amphibians, molluscs, crustaceans, flying ants, flies and other insects. Usually solitary or... read more
Season very variable; in equatorial zone, during rains or early in dry season, when floods highest, e.g. Jul–Jan and Mar–Apr in... read more
Very little known. Appears to perform seasonal movements related with onset of rains, but more... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread; generally rare to uncommon, e.g. in Liberia, where known from single records at just five localities and Ethiopia, where... read more
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