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Malagasy Pond Heron - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by James Kashangakii
Nairobi National Park, Kenya, September 2018

Alternative name: Madagascar Pond-Heron

Ardeola idae


Length 45-48 cm (17¾-19 in)
Breeding adult: Plumage all white, with long crest and scapular plumes. Blue bill and bare orbital skin, former with dark tip. Red legs.
Nonbreeding adult: Dark brown above; darker above than Squacco Heron, and with broader and darker streaking on the throat and breast.


Africa: breeds in Madagascar, the Seychelles, and Europa Island in the Mozambique Channel.

Non-breeding range includes eastern Africa (Comoro Islands, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo).
Has occurred as a vagrant to South Africa.


This is a monotypic species[1]..


Freshwater wetlands.


Classified as Endangered in the IUCN Red List (BirdLife International, 2007).


They are very rarely seen in flocks.


They feed on fish, insects and small invertebrates., frogs, toads, geckos, skinks, grasshoppers, beetles etc.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BirdLife International (2007)
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)
  4. Birdforum member observations

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