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

Black Heron Egretta ardesiaca

Described by: Wagler (1827)
Alternate common name(s): Black Egret
Old scientific name(s): Hydranassa ardesiaca, Melanophoyx ardesiaca


Abuko Nature Reserve, The Gambia - Feb 6, 2004 © Ben van den Broek  Lamin Rice Fields, The Gambia - Nov 22, 2004 © Ian Esland 
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Africa s. of the Sahara; Madagascar;
Fragmented distribution;
Senegambia, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, s. Mali (Niger River), Upper Volta, s. Ghana, Togo, w. Niger, Nigeria, n. Cameroon, s. Chad (Lake Chad), n. Central African Republic, s. Sudan to c. Ethiopia (upper White and Blue Nile Rivers), Eritrea, se. Somalia, Uganda, w. and s. Kenya (lower Tana River and Lake Jipe, also breeds near Garsen), Rwanda, Burundi, e. Zaire, Tanzania, w. Zambia (Zambezi River and s. Barotse Province), Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, s. and e. Angola, n. Namibia (Okavango River), n. and e. Botswana (Limpopo River) to e. and ex. s. South Africa (Transvaal, e. Orange Free State, Natal, se. Cape Province) and n. Madagascar (Tsimbazaza near Tananarive).


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


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