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Published: 16 Oct 2017

Swartkopreier/Black-headed Heron

Die Swartkopreier (Ardea melanocephala) is ‘n reier wat algemeen deur Sub-Sahara Afrika en Madagaskar voorkom. Die voël is ‘n algemene standvoël en plaaslike nomade in grasveld, landerye en bossieveld. Dit leef ook in vleioewers maar jag selde in water. In Engels staan die voël bekend as die Black-headed Heron.

Die reier is 86 tot 94 cm lank en weeg 1.2 tot 1.9 kg. Die voël is groot en grys. Dit is effens kleiner as die bloureier. Die slagvere en ligter onderdekvere is kontrasterend donker tydens vlug. Die kroon en agternek is swart terwyl die keel wit is. Die borskant is grys en die bene swart. Die jong voël het ‘n leikleurige kroon en agternek terwyl die voornek dofgeel getint is. Die borskant is ligter.

Die reier broei koloniaal saam (tot 50 pare) en soms ook saam met ander reiers, witreiers, duikers en ibisse.

The black-headed heron (Ardea melanocephala) is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, common throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. It is mainly resident, but some west African birds move further north in the rainy season.

This species usually breeds in the wet season in colonies in trees, reedbeds or cliffs. It builds a bulky stick nest, and lays 2–4 eggs.

It often feeds in shallow water, spearing fish or frogs with its long, sharp bill. It will also hunt well away from water, taking large insects, small mammals, and birds. It will wait motionless for its prey, or slowly stalk its victim.

The black-headed heron is a large bird, standing 85 cm tall, and it has a 150 cm wingspan. It is nearly as large as the grey heron, which it resembles in appearance, although it is generally darker. Its plumage is largely grey above, and paler grey below. It has a powerful dusky bill.

The flight is slow, with the neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storkscranes, and spoonbills, which extend their necks. The white underwing coverts are striking in flight.

The call is a loud croaking.

Published: 16 Oct 2017

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