Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Black herons (Egretta ardesiaca) inhabit a number of regions, mostly those associated with shallow, perennial waters, but at marshes, dams, lakes, edges of river as well as seasonally flooded grassland and estuary waters. Black herons are a gregarious species, commonly found in groups of up to 100. Roosting communally on reedbeds or in trees is favoured.
Diet: Hunts on open shoreline or amongst vegetation for mostly fish, crustaceans and insects.
Description Ardesiaca is Latin for 'slate-coloured'. Overall black plumage.
Breeding: Nests colonially with other water birds on a platform nest built of sticks, reeds, grass or leafy branches. Between 2 and 4 eggs are laid from February to April.
Size: 66cm. Weight: 310g.
3 Days - Visits Sesriem & Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert
4 Days - Game viewing in Etosha National Park
10 Days - Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei
14 Days - Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Lüderitz, Fish River Canyon & Kalahari Desert
20 Days - Visits Namibia, Vic Falls & Botswana