Black Heron

The Black Heron has an interesting hunting method called canopy feeding — it uses its wings like an umbrella, and uses the shade it creates to attract fish. This technique was well documented on episode 5 of the BBC's The Life of Birds. Some Black Herons feed solitarily, while others feed in groups of up to 50 individuals, 200 being the highest number reported. The Black Heron feeds by day but especially prefers the time around sunset. It roosts communally at night, and coastal flocks roost at high tide. The primary food of the Black Heron is small fish, but it will also eat aquatic insects, crustaceans and amphibians.

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Original source: Black Egret (Egretta ardesiaca)
Author: Steve Garvie from Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland

The Black Heron is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

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The Black Heron, Egretta ardesiaca, also known as the Black Egret, is an African heron. It is a medium-sized (42.5–66 cm in height), black-plumaged heron with yellow legs and feet. It is found south of the Sahara Desert, including Madagascar, and prefers shallow open waters, such as the edges of freshwater lakes and ponds. It may also be found in marshes, river edges, rice fields, and seasonally flooded grasslands. In coastal areas, it may be found feeding along tidal rivers and creeks, alkaline lakes, and tidal flats. More

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Some resident black herons feed solitarily in well-defended feeding territories. They also feed in groups of up to 50 individuals, with over 200 being reported. Feeds by day, especially around dusk. Roosts communally at night and, on the coast, at high tides. Eats small fish, but also takes aquatic insects and crustaceans. REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY The nest is a solid structure of twigs placed over water in trees, bushes, and reed beds. More

Black Heron is the darkest of the egrets. Plumage is black overall, with bluish or slate-grey gloss. Wing feathers including secondaries, axillaries, scapulars and lesser coverts are long and broad. Primaries are broad. On the head, the crown shows a shaggy crest made with black, lanceolate feathers on the hind crown and the nape. Eyes are bright yellow. Bill and legs are black. More

The Black Heron has an interesting hunting method called canopy feeding " More

A medium sized all black heron has yellow eyes, black bill and legs and bright yellow feet. FOOD This unusual bird feeds by forming a canopy with its wings which it spreads forward over the water while stirring up the bottom mud with its feet. It lives on fish, crustaceans and insects. BREEDING It nests from December to January in KwaZulu-Natal and builds a platform of twigs and sticks in trees or reeds over the water. More

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Black Heron creates a patch of shade by spreading its wings, inviting fish into a mock shelter. Heron Breeding Most species of herons have one mate each season. They engage in elaborate courtship displays involving postures and calls, then pairs share the tasks of nest building (males typically provide nest-building materials and females construct the nest), incubating eggs, and feeding three to five young. More

example of this is exhibited by the Black Heron, which forms a full canopy with its wings over its body. Three species, the Black-headed Heron, Whistling Heron and especially the Cattle Egret are less tied to watery environments and may feed far away from water. Cattle Egrets improve their foraging success by following large grazing animals, catching insects flushed by their movement. One study found that the success rate of prey capture increased 3.6 times over solitary foraging. More

Aspects of the topic black heron are discussed in the following places at Britannica. Assorted References * description (in heron (bird)) The typical herons also include the black heron, Hydranassa (or Melanophoyx) ardesiaca, of Africa, and several species of the genus Egretta (egrets), such as the tricoloured heron (E. More

Black Heron & African Spoonbill by ian.white1 This photo of an African Spoonbill and a Black Heron by Flickr user ian.white1 was in the Burdr Flickr Roundup for week of 1/22/2010. The behavior he captured in this photo reminded me of a particular scene in The Life of Birds with David Attenborough. The way the Black Heron hunts is so fascinating. More

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The Black Heron (Egretta ardesiaca) in the Birds. More

* Black Heron, Egretta ardesiaca : The Black Heron is an African heron. It is found south of the Sahara Desert, including Madagascar. Its breeding range is between Senegal and Sudan and to the south. It is found mainly on the eastern half of the continent. More

The black heron of Africa has an unusual way of hunting. It crouches in the water and raises its wings over its head to make a kind of tent. From under its raised wings, it peers down into the water and grabs and eats its prey. No one knows exactly how this behavior helps the black heron catch fish. Perhaps the fish swim toward the shade created by the heron’s wings because it looks like a safe place to hide. More

The Black Heron is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Ardeidae bird family group which includes birds such as Egrets, Herons, Bitterns. The description for the Black Heron (Latin name Egretta ardesiaca) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Egretta ardesiaca can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 69 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 582. More

In this lovely scene, we found a Black Heron, an uncommon and often elusive wader. We watched as the heron transformed into a kind of animated umbrella, fanning both wings out in front of itself in a jerky motion to form an arc over small pools of shallow water. It tucked its head inside its wings, to shade the small pool, thereby attracting fish for easier pickings. More

Black Heron IWho is the Black Heron? Find out in issue 4 of Adam Zero. Copyright All images and characters copyright Marc J Fletcher. Web layout copyright Google Custom Search No Sweat Design downloaded from FreeWebTemplates. More

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Original source: Neil Strickland
Author: Neil Strickland
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Order : Ciconiiformes
Family : Ardeidae
Genus : Egretta
Species : ardesiaca
Authority : (Wagler, 1827)