The goliath heron is the largest extant heron, growing up to 1.5m (5 ft). It is found in sub-Saharan Africa and Southwest and South Asia in smaller populations.
They live in areas close to waterbodies – wetlands, marshes, mangroves, and coastal islands. Hence, their diet consists of fish and other aquatic fauna. They can stand motionless for long periods in water, waiting for prey to come to them. At the opportune moment, they quickly strike with an open bill.
They never seem to be in much rush as their movements are generally slow, and they often lose their meal at the hands of other predators (kleptoparasitism).
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No