Today we're adding a big bird to Birdorable. This bird is so big, it has a big word that means big in its name: it's the Goliath Heron! This massive wader is the world's largest species of heron! The Goliath Heron is a massive bird, standing up to 5 feet tall with a wingspan that can exceed 7 feet in length! Read more »
The Goliath Heron is the largest extant species of heron, standing up to 5 feet tall with a wingspan that can reach over 7 feet. It has a striking appearance, with slate-gray feathers, a chestnut chest and belly, and broken black stripes along its long neck.
This heron is predominantly found in wetland habitats in sub-Saharan Africa, though its range extends to parts of Southwest and South Asia. The Goliath Heron is an expert fisher; its diet mainly consists of fish, but it also consumes amphibians, small mammals, and even carrion if the opportunity arises. Its favorite foods are larger fish, taking animals up to 2 pounds or heavier! It typically hunts alone, standing motionless before striking quickly to snatch its prey.