Madagascar Pond-heron Ardeola idae
(aka Malagasy Pond-heron)
Madagascar Pond-heron, Lake Alarobia, Antananarivo, Madagascar, November 2016 - click for larger image

November 2016

The Madagascar Pond-heron breeds in Madagascar and migrates to central and eastern Africa in the non-breeding season. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in areas with shallow water and aquatic vegetation mainly in or close to forest.

Madagascar Pond-heron, Lac Ravelobe, Mahajanga, Madagascar, November 2016 - click for larger image It is classified as Endangered given its small and declining population of under 4,000 with threats to its habitat and exploitation for eggs and young.

In breeding plumage it is all white with a distinctive bill which is deep azure blue with a black tip. In photo 1 the Madagascar Pond-heron is between two Western Reef-egrets Egretta gularis.

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