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Goliath heron in Amboseli National Park. Javier Yanes/
Goliath heron
'Ardea goliath'
Swahili: Pondagundi mkubwa/Koikoi jitu

Best parks to see it: Widespread

Similar in colour to the purple heron, the Goliath heron is unmistakable for its large size, more than 5 ft (1.5 m). In flight it differs from other herons because its legs are not stretched horizontally, but at an angle below the body. A solitary bird, it can be found around wetlands throughout the country (except in the northeast region): large lakes, rivers and permanent swamps. Breeds at lakes Baringo and Naivasha, where it can be easily seen fishing.
Goliath heron in Amboseli National Park. J.Y./


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