Black-headed Heron - Birds

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Black-headed Heron

Ardea melanocephala

conservation status Least Concern

Weight: 1.5-2.5kg (3-5.5lb)
Wingspan: 1.85-1.95m (6ft -6ft 6in)
Body lenght: 1m (3ft 4in)
Wild population: 100 000 - 500 000
Lifespan: 20 years
Gestation: months, chicks
Voice: a nasal "quaarnk" like sound, raucous croak
Identification a beautiful large dark heron with black crown and neck, dark grey wings and body, long black legs, white throat, black and white stripes on foreneck
Range: all of sub-Saharan Africa
Habitat: open grasslands, savannas and farms, also at forest clearings and near water

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Frequently found far from water, specializes in catching insects, grasshoppers and rodents, bird nestlings and lizards. At water holes it will stalk doves and songbirds coming to drink. Colonies of up to 100-200 pairs build stick nests in baobab, eucalyptus, fig and palm trees.

Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala) - sunset
Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala) - sunset Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala) - Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala) -
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camera:NIKON D300
lens:Sigma 120-300 mm F2.8 APO EX DG IF HSM
extender:Sigma APO 2.0 EX DG
focal length:600 mm
exposure time:1/320 s
stativ:GITZO 1541T + MA 322RC 2
location:South Luangwa, Zambia