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The largest, the smallest and the most threatened herons of Namibia

Avatar of inke inke - 16. July 2019 - Environment

Although the Little Bittern is slightly larger than the Dwarf Bittern it weighs almost 30 grams less. Both species prefer dense riparian vegetation where they forage, breed and find shelter from enemies.

Dirk Heinrich

The largest heron as well as the smallest and the most threatened members of the heron family can be found at the Okavango, Kwando, Zambezi and Chobe rivers in north-eastern Namibia. The Goliath Heron, the Rufous-bellied Heron and the two bittern species also occur at the Kunene River in the northwest. In years with plentiful rains they move to other parts of the country, especially the bitterns, and breed at pans and similar small seasonal bodies of water which offer sufficient food for a limited period of time. A Dwarf Bittern was also caught in a net and ringed at the Kunene River’s mouth.

For more information on Herons please visit Namibia Outdoor.

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