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Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides

Described by: Scopoli (1769)
Alternate common name(s): Squacco Pond-heron
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Hortobagyi-halasto, Hungary - Aug 14, 2002 © Max Andrews  Aiguamolls de lEmporda, Cataluna, Spain - May 5, 2002 © Pascal Dubois  Aiguamolls de lEmporda, Cataluna, Spain - May 5, 2002 © Pascal Dubois  South Africa - Date unknown © Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi  Israel - Apr, 1994 © Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi 
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W. Palearctic to c. Asia; Africa s. of the Sahara and Madagascar;
Fragmented distribution;
Breeds in Portugal (Pera Marsh, Lagoa dos Salgados, Algarve), Spain, se. France (Camarque), n. Italy, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary (Hortobagy National Park), Romania (Danube Delta), Bulgaria, n. Greece, c. and s. Ukraine, s. Russia (Volga Delta and the upper Irtysh River region) to the Amu Darya on the Uzbek-Afghanistan border and s. in e. Turkey, Syria, Isreal (Hula Valley), Jordan, Iraq, Iran (s. Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf) to Transcaspia to Turkestan. Africa in nw. Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt (Nile Valley), sw. Mauritania Senegambia, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, s. Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad (Lake Chad area), Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, w. Kenya (breeds regularly near Garsen), Uganda, Tanzania, ne. and se. Zaire, Burundi, Rwanda, Gabon, Congo, Angola, n. Namibia, e. Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa (Transvaal, Orange Free State, Natal, se. Cape Province) and Madagascar, Comoro Is. and Aldabra.
Disperses thougthout Africa and Red Sea coast of Arabia and Oman.


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Location unknown - Date unknown Source: Massaciuccolis Oasis
Location unknown - Date unknown Source: ETI BioInformatics


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


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