Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Slaty egrets (Egretta vinaceigula) can be found in shallow margins of any wetland, solitary or in small groups of 4 to 10 birds. Perching in trees and roosting communally with other herons and starlings in reeds is common.
Diet: Forages in shallow waters or floodplains or pans for small fish, tadpoles and aquatic insects, as well as snails from lily leaves.
Description Vinaceigula is Latin for 'wine-coloured throat'. Variable overall plumage ranging from pale to dark slaty grey. Characteristic long neck plumes with shorter neck plumes that form a crest.
Breeding: Females lay between 2 and 4 in twig nest made over water or on firm, dry mud. The incubation is around 20 days but predators of eggs include African fish-eagle, Hamerkop, African python, water monitor and water mongoose.
Size: 60cm. Weight: 290g.
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