Malagasy Pond-Heron | Ardeola idae (Madagascar Squacco Heron)

Malagasy Pond Heron a.k.a. Madagascar Squacco Heron

The Malagasy Pond-Heron is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Ardeidae bird family group which includes birds such as Egrets, Herons, Bitterns.

The description for the Malagasy Pond-Heron (Latin name Ardeola idae) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Ardeola idae can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 73 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 595. You will find a picture of the Malagasy Pond-Heron on page 577.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

This bird is known as Madagascar Squacco Heron in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Malagasy Pond-Heron between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Malagasy Pond-Heron has a height of 39 cms and weighs around 300 gms. The head is coloured grey while the bill is coloured grey. The Ardeola idae has a grey coloured throat, yellow legs and a grey coloured back. The eyes are yellow.

The male Ardeola idae has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is grey.

Eyes are yellow.

Bill is grey.

Legs are yellow.

Throat is grey.

Back is grey.

Madagascar Squacco Heron Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

Malagasy Pondheron Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Malagasy Pond-Heron is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 1 to 4 eggs and they are coloured green.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

The Malagasy Pond-Heron is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Malagasy Pond-Heron is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.