French: Héron à bec jaune German: Afrikamittelreiher Spanish: Garceta piquicorta
A. E. Brehm
Africa S of Sahara, from Senegal E to N Sudan and S (avoiding Congo Basin and desert areas) to South Africa.
65–72 cm; wingspan 105–115 cm. Mid-sized, all-white egret, with extensive filamentous plumes on foreneck, breast and scapulars (the latter sometimes reaching beyond tail)... read more
No differences from A. intermedia have been described.
Very varied; mainly inland habitats with abundant emergent aquatic vegetation, including freshwater... read more
Food and feeding
Fish, normally less than 10 cm long, including eels, perch (Macquaria) and gudgeons (Eleotridae); also frogs, snakes, insects,... read more
Season very variable regionally: in Africa, during or just after rains, or in dry season, e.g. Jul–Oct in Senegal, Aug in Ethiopia, Mar–Aug... read more
Mainly sedentary, although some evidence of possible migration, e.g. one ringed in South Africa (... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern).Widespread and locally common, especially in E Africa, e.g. estimated 2000 pairs on Tana R, Kenya in 1983, and country-wide population... read more
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