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Featured Article: Western Reef Heron
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Breeds on the Banc D'Arguin and the coast of Mauritania south to Gabon and the Gulf of Guinea islands. In the east breeds on the coasts of the Red Sea and south to Mozambique, Madagascar and Aldabra. Also breeds on Socotra and coastally from the Arabian Peninsula to southern India and Sri Lanka including the Lakshadweep and Maldive Islands.


Rocky and sandy shores, reefs, mudflats and estuaries, mangroves and lagoons.


They generally nest alone, though may be in small, loose colonies with others of the same species. They construct a stick nest, which may be laid in a bush, on a ledge, on a rock or in mangroves. They sometimes build a new nest on top of an old one.

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