Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Herons, Egrets and Bitterns :: Goliath Heron

Goliath Heron Ardea goliath

Described by: Cretzschmar (1827)
Alternate common name(s): None known by website authors
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Kenya - Aug, 2003 © Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi  Kruger National Park, South Africa - Jul, 2008 © Jean-Philippe Paris  Kruger National Park, South Africa - Jan, 2005 © Penni Warncke  Umhlanga Lagoon, South Africa - Jul 9, 2002 © Alan Manson  Lake Mburu National Park, Uganda - Mar, 2006 © Nigel Hacking 
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Africa s. of the Sahara and ex. sw. Arabia; Se. Iraq; Indian Subcontinent;
One main population with small, ill-defined, isolated populations to the e.;
S. Mauritania, Senegambia, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia, s. Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, s. Niger, Nigeria, c. Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, c. Sudan (n. to Shendi), ex. se. Egypt (Foul Bay), the Red Sea n. to Sinai, Yemen, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, nw. and s. Somalia, sw. Arabia (Yemen), Gabon, Congo, ne. Zaire, Uganda (s. Lake Edward), Kenya (Lakes Naivasha, Baringo and Rudolf and along Mara River), Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania (Rukwa region, Bukoba, w. Lake Victoria), Mafia, Island, s. Angola, ne. Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, n. and e. Botswana, ne. Namibia, e. South Africa (to Port Elizabeth and Orange River, Orange Free State, Lake St. Lucia, n. Zululand, Transvaal, nc. Cape Province). Irregular in s. Iraq (Tigris-Euphrates Valley) and se. Iran (Clarence Straits), Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh (Decca).


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Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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