Goliath Heron - Ardea goliath


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Common Name : Goliath Heron
Scientific Name : Ardea goliath (Cretzschmar, 1829)

Order : Ciconiiformes
Family : Ardeidae
Taxonomic Group : Ciconiiformes - Ardeidae ( Bitterns, Herons and Egrets )
Status : Accidental 


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Taxonomy



Common Name : Goliath Heron
Scientific Name : Ardea goliath
Order : Ciconiiformes Family : Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Range : Locally in Africa, Iraq and Iran; casual to India and Sri Lanka

This Species is Monotypic, No Subspecies


3rd Edition, 2003. Revised and Corrected per Corrigenda to December 31, 2006

Common Name : Goliath Heron
Scientific Name : Ardea goliath
SubFamily : Ardeinae


This Species is Monotypic, No Subspecies



IOC Common Name : Goliath Heron
IOC Scientific Name : Ardea goliath

Distribution :
Region : AF Range : widespread
Order : PELECANIFORMES Family : Ardeidae
Category : Herons, Bitterns
Note: The herons (Ardeidae) and ibises,spoonbills (Threskiornithidae) are sister taxa in the Order Pelecaniformes (Hackett et al. 2008)


SYNOPIS NO : 34

Scientific Name: Ardea goliath
Common Name: Giant Heron



Common Name : Goliath Heron
Scientific Name : Ardea goliath(Cretzschmar, 1827)
Birdlife Synonym :

BirdLife Redlist Status Year 2010: LC
BirdLife Species FactSheet for Goliath Heron ( Ardea goliath )

Taxonomy Treatment : R




IUCN Common Name (Eng) : Goliath Heron
Scientific Name : Ardea goliath (Cretzschmar, 1827)
French Name : Héron Goliath
IUCN Redlist Species FactSheet for Goliath Heron ( Ardea goliath )

Species : goliath
Genus : Ardea
Family : ArdeidaeOrder : Ciconiiformes

IUCN RedList Status : LC

IUCN RedList Criteria Version : 3.1
IUCN RedList Year Assessed : 2008
IUCN RedList Petitioned : N



Family : ARDEIDAE

Scientific Name : Ardea goliath
Common Name : Goliath Heron



Bibliography


Bibliography of Goliath Heron ( Ardea goliath )
Number of Results found : 41

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2. RF Porter; S.Christensen; P.Schiermacker-Hansen , (2004), Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath), BIRDS OF THE MIDDLE EAST; Poyser, : 18.


3. Hunter ML;Calhoun A;Wilcove DS; , (2004), Goliath Heron Fishing with an Artificial Bait?, Waterbirds, 27:3: 312 - 313.


4. Bonar CJ;Lewandowski AH; , (2004), Use of a Liposomal Formulation of Amphotericin B for Treating Wound Aspergillosis in a Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath), Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, 18:3: 162 - 166.


5. Dale A.Zimmerman; Donald A.Turner; David J.Pearson , (2001), Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath), BIRDS of KENYA & NORTHERN TANZANIA; Princeton University Press, : 11 / 282.


6. Kasoma PMB , (2001), The diversity and utilisation of spatial resources along a tropical lakeshore by Ciconiiformes., Ostrich. Proc. Tenth Pan-African Ornithol. Congr.; Kampala, Uganda; 3--8 Sept 2000, Supplement No. 15: 136 - 140.


7. Krys Kazmierczak; Ber van Perlo , (2000), Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath), A FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT; Yale University Press, : 44.


8. Kasoma PMB , (2000), Diurnal activity patterns of three heron species in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda., Ostrich, 71(1&2): 127 - 130.


9. K.Mullarney; L.Svensson; D.Zetterstrom; P.J.Grant , (1999), Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath), COLLINS BIRD GUIDE - BRITAIN & EUROPE; Collins, : 378.


10. Allan DG;Sinclair JC;Rossouw J; , (1999 ), The waterbirds (Aves) of Durban Bay: Current status and historical trends, Durban Museum Novitates, 24: 1 - 21.


11. Barua M;Sharma P; , (1999), Birds of Kaziranga National Park, India, Forktail, 15:August: 47 - 60.


12. Ian Sinclair; Olivier Langrand , (1998), Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath), BIRDS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS; , : 174.


13. Ian Sinclair; Phil Hockey; Warwick Tarboton , (1997), Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath), BIRDS of SOUTHERN AFRICA; 2nd edition, Princeton University Press, : 60.


14. Kopij G , (1996), A mixed heronry at Willem Pretorius Game Reserve., Mirafra, 13: 63 - 67.


15. MADGE, S. , (1995), A record of Goliath Heron in Assam., Oriental Bird Club Bulletin, 21: 47 - 47.


16. Bochenski Z; , (1995 ), History of herons of the Western Palaearctic, Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia, 38:3: 343 - 362.


17. Madge S; , (1995), A record of Goliath Heron in Assam, Oriental Bird Club Bulletin, 21:: 47.


18. Crosby M; , (1995), From the field: Bangladesh, Oriental Bird Club Bulletin, 21:: 68 - 69.


19. Kasoma, P. M. B. , (1995), Kleptoparasitic attacks on three heron species (Ardeidae) in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda., African Journal of Ecology, 33: 291 - 293.


20. Bochenski, Z. , (1995), History of herons of the western Palearctic., Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia , 38: 343 - 362.


21. Madge, S. , (1995), A record of Goliath Heron in Assam., Oriental Bird Club Bulletin, 21: 47.


22. Robson C; , (1994), From the field: India, Oriental Bird Club Bulletin, 20:: 57.


23. Perennou C;Mundkur T;Scott DA;Follestad A;Kvenild L; , (1994), Discussion, AWB, IWRB, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research Kuala Lumpur, Slimbridge, : 301 - 310.


24. Banerjee R; , (1994), Rare sightings of Goliath Heron in Sunderbans, Zoos' Print, 9:5: 12.


25. Saikia P;Bhattacharjee PC; , (1990), The present status of waders and other water birds of Brahmaputra Valley, Assam (India), Stilt, 17:October 1990: 65 - 70.


26. Saikia P;Bhattacharjee PC; , (1990), New records of Waders in Assam, Newsletter for Birdwatchers, 30:11-12: 7 - 8.


27. , (1990), Comments on 1989 counts, Wetlands & Waterfowl Newsletter, 2:: 2.


28. Dean, W. R. J. , (1988), Breeding of the Goliath Heron at Barberspan, Transvaal., Ostrich, 59: 75 - 76.


29. Barnardt G;Marx JT; , (1987 ), A few aspects of the breeding biology of some water birds of Kalkfontein Dam, South Africa, Mirafra, 4:1: 4 - 8.


30. Jepson P; , (1987), Recent reports: India, Oriental Bird Club Bulletin, 6:Autumn: 36 - 37.


31. Kinzelbach, R. K. , (1986), New records of Goliath Heron, Yellow-billed Stork, Blyth's Reed Warbler and Clamorous Reed Warbler in the Middle East., Bulletin of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, 17: 13 - 17.


32. Geldenhuys, J. N. , (1984), The status of the Fish Eagle and Goliath Heron in the Orange Free State, South Africa., Proc. Pan-African Ornithol. Congr., 5: 577 - 587.


33. Brown LH;Urban EK;Newman K; , (1982 ), Birds of Africa. Volume 1, London, U.K. Academic Press, : .


34. Bijlsma, R. G. , (1982), Goliath Herons in Egypt in 1981., Dutch Birding, 4: 82 - 84.


35. DOUGLAS W. MOCK, KARILYN C. MOCK , (1980), FEEDING BEHAVIOR AND ECOLOGY OF THE GOLIATH HERON, The Auk, 97:3: 433 - 448.


36. Salim Ali; S Dillon Ripley  , (1978), No. 34. Giant Heron (Ardea goliath ) Cretzschmar, Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, Volume 1 (Divers to Hawks ): 53.


37. Khan MN; , (1977), The Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath) in Sind, Pakistan, Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society, 74:1: 172.


38. Jackson PFR; , (1975), Goliath Heron Ardea goliath in the Sunderbans, W. Bengal, Bulletin of the British Ornithologists Club, 95:1: 39 - 40.


39. Jackson PFR; , (1974), Goliath Heron in the Sunderbans, West Bengal, Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society, 71:3: 608 - 609.


40. Captain J. F. H. Bulman , (1944), Notes on the Birds of Safaga, Ibis, 86:4: 480 - 492.


41. Prater SH; , (1926), The occurrence of the Giant Heron Ardea goliath in the Khulna District, Bengal, Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society, 31:2: 523.



Book Excerpts



921.  Ardea goliath, Temminck.

Temm., Pl. Col. 474 ?-Ruppell, Faun. Abyss. pl. 26?-A. nobilis, Blyth-Blyth, Cat. 1634-Darria anjan, Beng.

The Giant Heron.

Descr.- The adult bird has the upper plumage dark blue grey ; top of the head (with short occipital crest) dark brown; sides of the head, with the whole neck, chesnut brown, darker posteriorly ; chin and throat white ; neck in front white with black streaks ; breast and abdomen dark chesnut brown. The young bird is dull grey above, the top of the head, ear- coverts, and the back of the neck, pale rufous cinnamon colored, with an occipital crest of dense feathers ; the scapulars varied with brown, and with a white centre ; throat white ; neck whitish with some dusky marks, and blackish posteriorly ; the rest of the lower parts whitish, the flanks margined with brown and ashy.

Bill dusky above, beneath and tip greenish; irides pale yellow; orbitar space greenish ; legs blackish. Length nearly 5 feet; wing 24 inches; tail 10; bill at front 8 ; tarsus 9 ; middle toe 6 ¼; stands nearly 4 feet high.

The description of the adult plumage I have taken from Temminck, Pl. Col. 474, as it appears to be the same bird. I am doubtful if Ruppeh’s A. goliath be the same. It has the back and sides of the neck isabella yellow; the crest longer than in the Indian example, or in Temminck’s figure, and brown; there is more white and less black on the neck and breast, and the lower parts are sepia brown. It is also smaller. Length 44 inches ; wing 21; but the bill longer 8 ½. A. typhon, Temm,, is considered identical with this species by some writers, but Bonaparte places that bird as the type of another group.

This huge Heron has been procured occasionally by Mr, Blyth, from the salt-water lake near Calcutta; I observed it once only, at the foot of the Khasia Hills, on the banks of a river. It is known as an inhabitant of some of the islands of the Malayan Archipelago, and if Ruppell’s bird be identical, also of Africa,

The next species is placed by Bonaparte under Typhon of Reichenbach, distinguished by a long, straight bill, barely upturned at the tip ; a very long slender neck; the tibia nude for some distance ; and long feet. It appears to approach the Purple Heron in habit.




205. Ardea goliath, Temm.,

 

Pl. Col. 474; Rupp. Faun. Abyss. pl. 26 ; Jerd., B. Ind. iii. p. 739; Hume, Wests and Eggs Ind. B. p. 610, No. 621; id., Str. F. i. p. 105; vii. p. 490; Murray, Avif. Br. Ind. ii. p. 651, No. 1342. :-

The Giant Heron.
 

Upper plumage dark blue grey; short occipital crest and rest of head dark brown; sides of the head and entire neck chestnut brown ; chin and throat white; neck in front white with black streaks; breast and abdomen dark chestnut brown. The young bird is dull grey above, the head, ear coverts and back of neck are pale rufous cinnamon. Bill dusky above, beneath and tip greenish; irides pale yellow; legs blackish (Jerd.)

Length. :- 55 to 63 inches; wing 24; tail 10; bill at front 8; tarsus 9; standing height nearly 4 feet.

Hab. :- Bengal, near Calcutta and the Khasia hills. Nothing certain appears to be known of its nidification. All the species of the genus Ardea are said to be good for food, and the flesh is equal in flavour to that of Grus cinerea. They feed very variously on lizards, fish, frogs, &c., and often on fetid mice, &c. They are very patient, and often stand motionless in the water for hours together waiting for prey. They were formerly ranked as Royal Game and protected by Game laws. The flesh, it is said, was, and is to this day, esteemed as much as that of a pheasant.





Ardea goliat, Temm.  
The Giant Heron.


Ardea goliath, Temm., Jerd. B. Ind. ii, p. 739; Hume, Rough, Draft N. & E. no. 921.

I know nothing of the nidification of this species - the Giant Heron. It is so rare that I have never seen an Indian-killed specimen, except those in the Calcutta Museum, obtained by Mr. Blyth, and I have never yet met with any one else who had. But Mr. Blyth teds us (Journal Asiatic Society, 1855, p. 280) ; - " In the same neighbourhood," namely, in the south-east part of the Soonderbunds, " Mr, Frith was credibly assured that the huge Ardea goliat, Ruppell (A. nobilis, nobis, &c.), also bred, and he expects to be able to procure the eggs of all three species during the next breeding-season."




1342. Ardea goliath, Temm.

 

Pl. Col. 474; Rupp., Faun. Abyss. pl. 26; Jerd., B. Ind. iii. p. 739; Hume, Nests and Eggs Ind. B. p. 610, No. 621; id., Str. F. i. p. 105; vii. p. 490. -

The Giant Heron.
 

Upper plumage dark blue grey; short occipital crest and rest of head dark brown; sides of the head and entire neck chestnut brown; chin and throat white; neck in front white with black streaks; breast and abdomen dark chestnut brown. The young bird is dull grey above, the head ear coverts and back of neck are pale rufous cinnamon. Bill dusky above, beneath and tip greenish; irides pale yellow; legs blackish (Jerd.)

Length. - 55 to 65 inches; wing 24; tail 10; bill at front 8; tarsus 9; standing height nearly 4 feet.

Hab. - Bengal, near Calcutta and the Khasia hills. Nothing certain appears to be known of its nidification.





1558. Ardea goliath.

 

The Giant Heron.

Ardea goliath, Cretzschm. in Rupp. Atlas, p. 39, pl. 30 (1826); Temm. Pl. Col. pl. 474 (1829); Blyth, Cat. p. 278 ; id. J. A. S. B. xxiv, p. 280 ; Jerdon, B. B iii, p. 739; Blyth, Ibis, 1865, p. 36; Hume, N. & E. p. 610; id. S. F. i, p. 105; Blanf. Eastern Persia ii, p. 295 ; Hume, S. F. i, p. 105 ; vii, p. 490 ; id. Cat. no. 921 ; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 1124; Parker, 8. F. ix, p. 486; Butler, S. F. x, p. 149 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xxvi, p. 66. Ardea nobilis, Blyth, A. M. N. H. xiii, p. 175 (1844).

Coloration. In the adult (only known from Africa), the crown and crest are deep vinous chestnut, neck behind and on the sides rufous cinnamon, chin, cheeks, and throat white, lower fore neck purplish black streaked with white, elongate breast-plumes streaked white and slaty black; upper parts, wings, and tail slaty grey; lower parts from the breast, lower tail-coverts, sides of body, and, wing-lining deep chestnut.

In young birds the colours are dull, the head and neck much paler, the grey of the upper parts with rufous edgings; lower parts white streaked with brown.

Bill dark slaty, lower mandible fleshy with a dark margin; irides yellow with reddish margins ; eyelid pale slaty; legs and feet dark slaty blackish (Legge). The genys is more curved than in other species of Ardea.

Length 56 ; tail 8.5 ; wing 24 ; tarsus 9 ; bill from gape 9.5.

Distribution. Throughout Africa. The occurrence of this bird in India is remarkable and somewhat mysterious. Mr. Blyth, in 1845-46, procured several specimens, all of immature birds, in the Calcutta bazaar. None has been obtained near Calcutta since, despite numerous enquiries by Hume and others, nor, so far as is known, has a single specimen been collected elsewhere in India, but in Ceylon two were shot, one in 1878 and another in 1879, and a third was seen by Mr. Parker in 1880. Then Jerdon observed a bird of this species at the foot of the Khasi Hills ; Hume saw six huge Herons apparently of this species in Sind; and I have twice seen very large Herons, once by a tank at Bazargaon, near Nagpur, and another time at Bampur in Baluchistan. There can be no doubt that a big Heron with a reddish head and neck occurs in India, but until an adult can be compared, it cannot be regarded as certain that this bird is identical with the African A. goliaih. Should it prove distinct, it will bear Blyth's name A. nobilis.





210. Ardea goliath.

 

The Giant Heron.

Darya anjan, Bengal.

Male 56" to 60". Legs black. Bill 9 1/2", dusky, tip green. Crown and crest cinnamon. Stands nearly four feet. Upper plumage grey. Below chestnut-brown.— Young have dense crest. Africa. Two were shot in Ceylon—one in 1878 and another in 1879—and a third was seen in 1880. (J. 921. B. 1558.)

Also A. purpurea. 30" to 34". Crown and crest black. Fore part of throat and neck streaked with black. The Purple Heron of Europe, Africa, and S.W. Asia.

A. wurdemanni. 50". Head white, forehead streaked blackish. From Florida.

A. wardi. 48" to 54". Occiput and sides of crown black. Forehead and mid-crown white. From Florida.

A. occidentalism 58". General colour pure white. From S. Florida. A. humbloti. 37". Crown black. From Madagascar.

A. melanocephala. 30" to 36". Crown black. From Africa and S. Europe. A. cocoi. 35" to 40". Crown and crest black. From S. America.

A. herodias. 40". Crown white. From N. C. and S. America, West Indies, and Galapagos Islands. (B.M. Cat, xxvi. 72-84.)





(2221) Ardea goliath.

 

The Giant Heron.

Ardea goliath Oretzchm., Rupp. Atlas, p. 39, pi. 36 (1826) (Africa); Blanford & Oates, iv, p. 384.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Crown and crest deep chestnut; chin, throat and fore-neck white; hind-neck, sides of head and neck pale vinous-rufous ; a line of black down the centre of the lower fore-neck; upper plumage dark grey, the long, narrow scapulars and inner scapulars rather paler; primaries, outer secondaries and tail blackish-brown ; lanceolate feathers of fore-neck and upper breast white with some heavy black streaking in the centre; whole lower plumage deep rufous.

Colours of soft parts. Iris yellow, with an outer rim of red; bill dark horny-slaty, the lower mandible, gape and commissure paler and yellowish ; legs and feet dark slaty-black.

Measurements. Wing, 570 to 589 mm., 592 to 622 mm.; tail 212 to 237 mm,; tarsus 225 to 252 mm.; culmen, 184 to 196 mm., 180 to 190 mm.

Young birds have the neck dull rufous with blackish streaks down the centre of the fore-neck; chin and throat white,streaked with pale dull brownish-rufous; upper parts brown with rufous edges to each feather; primaries, outer secondaries and tail blackish-brown; underparts pale rufous with white shaft-streaks, wider on the abdomen and posterior flanks.

Distribution. Africa. In India this Heron occurs casually from time to time, but is probably often overlooked. Blyth in 1885-6 obtained several immature specimens in the Calcutta Bazaar; two were shot by Parker in Ceylon in 1878-9 and a third was seen in 1880; Jerdon saw them at the foot of the Khasia Hills, where I also saw them in 1909 ; Hume probably saw some birds in Sind and Blanf or d twice saw Herons, presumably of this species, once in Nagpur and once at Bam pur in Baluchistan. Caucus obtained an adult specimen in the Sunder bunds which cannot be distinguished in any way from African birds and observes that this Heron is not uncommon there. I saw five birds of this species in Dacca in 1910 on a sand-bank on the Megna but they were very wild and would not allow an approach within gunshot.

Nidification. This magnificent Heron breeds in September in Africa, eggs having been taken in that month by Horsbrugh on the Modder River, Cox on Laila, off the Somali coast and by Herbert in Abyssinia. The nests are said to be great masses of sticks on trees overhanging rivers or upon heaps of debris in the river-beds. The eggs are three or four in number, the usual sea-green in colour, ten of them averaging 73.5 x 52.5 mm.: maxima 75.4 X 52.1 and 72.5 x 54.0 mm.; minima 68.2 x 52.0 mm.

Habits. This is said to be a very shy bird, very difficult to approach within shot, though in the Sunderbunds Faucus did not find this to be the case. In other respects its habits are typical of the genus.





Ardea goliath Cretzschmar.

 

Ardea goliath Cretzschmar in Ruppell's Atlas Reise nord Afr.,Vog., p. 39, pl. 26, 1829 : Africa.

Ardea goliat Temm. & Laug., Planch. Color. d'Ois.,livr. 80, pl. 474, Sept. 1829 : Africa.

Ardea nobilis Blyth, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., vol. xiii, p. 175, Mch.. 1844: Calcutta.

Ardea insignis Gray, Cat. Birds Nepal, p. 133, 1846, ex Hodgs., Zool. Misc., p. 86, 1844, nom. nud., as synonym.

Ardea gigantodes Gray, Hand-l. Gen. Sp. Birds, pl. iii, p. 27, 1871, ex Lichtenstein, Nomencl. Av. Mus. Berol., p. 89, 1854, nom. nud., as synonym.





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