oa Journal of East African Natural History - The Reef Heron, Egretta schistacea Ehrenberg, in Interior East Africa

Volume 1967, Issue 114
  • ISSN : 0012-8317



That the Reef Heron is exclusively a bird of the marine littoral has been a long and firmly held impression. Archer & Godman (1937:51), for example, stated categorically that this heron ""is confined to the sea-coast, appearing nowhere inland"" . More recent publications, by omission of reference to the accumulating inland records, have tended to perpetuate this impression. Mackworth-Praed & Grant (1957:46), although they had previously contributed to delineation of the species' inland range (see beyond), made no mention of this and Williams (1963) likewise omitted any comment as to occurrence inland.

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