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White-backed Night-Heron

Gorsachius leuconotus (Wagler, 1827)

Related taxa:
Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
White-backed Night Heron - Gorsachius leuconotus Bram Piot 2018-06-16 Wassadou, Tambacounda, Tambacounda (Senegal) (10 m) call -

Flight call of a bird leaving a daytime roost at nightfall, probably an adult

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

421209
xeno-canto.org
White-backed Night Heron - Gorsachius leuconotus Bram Piot 2018-06-16 Wassadou, Tambacounda, Tambacounda (Senegal) (10 m) song -

Vocalising at start of recording and at 0:18, 0:52, 1:08, 1:33, 2:06

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

443013
xeno-canto.org
White-backed Night Heron - Gorsachius leuconotus Bram Piot 2018-06-16 Wassadou, Tambacounda, Tambacounda (Senegal) (10 m) song -

One of two birds seen later leaving their day roost in dense trees on river bank, calling (singing?) at dusk, at regular intervals (ca. every 20-60 sec), heard twice on this recording. The at short kôk calls at 0:07 may also be this species. Also Guinea Baboons in background. Note initial soft 'growl' followed by loud harsh hissing, then two dove-like rolling notes. Mostly heard about an hour before sunset and an hour after sunrise. Probably same bird as XC421210, which see for further comments.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

421207
xeno-canto.org
White-backed Night Heron - Gorsachius leuconotus Bram Piot 2018-06-17 Wassadou, Tambacounda, Tambacounda (Senegal) (10 m) song -

Probably same bird as XC421207, the following morning at dawn, regularly calling from day roost. Calling five times in this cut. Cf. description on HBW (which states this call is heard occasionally at night, 'apparently when disturbed' and only describes the 2nd and 3rd parts of this little-known vocalisation)

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

421210
xeno-canto.org
White-backed Night Heron - Gorsachius leuconotus Bram Piot 2019-07-04 Etomé, Ziguinchor, Ziguinchor (Senegal) (10 m) song -

fairly distant bird singing from vegetation at edge of water during dawn chorus (still mostly dark at time of recording)

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

485248
xeno-canto.org
White-backed Night-Heron - Gorsachius leuconotus Gigi Van Zyl 2020-05-05 Auto selected -22.47199, 30.26243, Limpopo, South Africa, Limpopo Province (South Africa)   -   232809731
macaulaylibrary.org

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