Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath) - HBW 1, p. 407
French: Héron goliath
Spanish: Garza Goliat
Taxonomy: Ardea goliath Cretzschmar, 1827, Bahr el Abiad = White Nile.
Distribution: Africa S of Sahara, S Iraq and S Iran, with some non breeders along Red Sea; breeding also inferred at scattered sites on Indian Subcontinent from Pakistan to Bangladesh and S into Sri Lanka.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 24 videos
A bird eating a large fish (Panic bird hide) Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Ghislain Gosse 9 August 2011 4 years ago 35 sec 4.7
Male collecting nesting material, pair copulating Locality Vryheid Wastewater Treatment Works, Vryheid, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
Roland Bischoff 12 September 2010 4 years ago 50 sec 4.5
An immature on the channel bank, with elefants and buffaloes Locality Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 4 September 2006 9 years ago 31 sec 4.4
An immature bird walking along the edge of a lake. Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Keith Blomerley 16 August 2002 1 year ago 23 sec 4
Bird fishing in the Umgeni River. Locality Durban, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
Doug and Denise Norris 15 August 2008 2 years ago 42 sec 4
An adult walking along a shoreline Locality Matusadona National Park, Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe (Monotypic species)
Greg Baker 8 September 1999 4 years ago 18 sec 4
PhotosSee all 50 photos
Close-up of adult
Locality Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Markus Lilje 30 April 2015 37 weeks ago 5
Portrait of a Goliath heron taken in the Kizinga channel in western Uganda.
Locality Kasese, Uganda
Frédéric Demeuse 10 January 2013 44 weeks ago 5
World's largest Heron flying over our heads.
Locality Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve, North Bank Division, The Gambia
Mattias Hofstede 8 November 2012 51 weeks ago 4.7
Miss his shot
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Guy Poisson 29 October 2012 3 years ago 4.7
Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Krzysztof Blachowiak 16 February 2011 3 years ago 4.6
An adult standing on a riverbank.
Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
David Beadle 16 February 2014 1 year ago 4.5
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