Slaty Egret

Slaty Egret


This bird is one of the banner species for Botswana as there are more of this species present than anywhere else in the world. The bird is slightly paler than the more common Black Egret; distinguishing features are it’s rufous throat and yellow legs and feet. It is locally common in the Okavango Delta and the Chobe River flats.


It is mostly quiet, but does squawk near it’s nest.

Behaviour and habitat

The Slaty Egret spends most of its time in shallow margins to wetlands. Its food is predominantly fish, tadpoles, snails and insects. Breeding takes place in mixed species heronries, either in reedbeds or swamp fig trees.