French: Onoré à huppe blanche German: Weißschopfreiher Spanish: Avetigre africana
Other common names:
Old Calabar River or Bonny River, Nigeria
Equatorial rainforest belt of W Africa, from Senegal#R E to Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Central African Republic, DRCongo and N Angola.
56–81 cm. White crest often half-hidden by other feathers, except when raised; otherwise has black crown and nape, buff-barred dark head-sides, neck, back and wings,... read more
Single- or double-noted booming, bittern-like note that may be repeated slowly for typically brief... read more
Typically found at small streams, marshes or swampy areas inside dense primary or secondary forest... read more
Food and feeding
Small fish, crustaceans (crabs, crayfish), spiders, insects, frogs, snakes and lizards, and probably highly opportunistic. Solitary;... read more
Little known. Season varies locally, tending to coincide with rains; apparently Sept–Oct in Gambia and Sierra Leone, Sept–Nov... read more
Basically sedentary. Certain indications of vagrancy or some form of migratory movement.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally uncommon to rare, though apparently less so in parts of Gabon, Congo basin, Ghana and Liberia. Very difficult to see, and... read more
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