Scientific Name: Egretta eulophotes
Malay Name: Bangau Cina
Chinese Name: 黄嘴白鹭
Range: Found from southeast China to Korea, wintering in Southeast Asia
Size: 68 cm
Identification: Non-breeding adult resembles other egret species but can be distinguished by greenish legs and yellowish-orange lower mandible. Breeding adult has all yellowish-orange bill, shaggy nuchal crest, blue facial skin, blackish legs with yellowish-orange feet.
Habitat: Mudflats and other coastal habitats
Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds actively. Often runs, flies and darts across mudflats in search of food
Local Status: Uncommon migrant
Conservation Status: Vulnerable (BirdLife International 2016)
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2016 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2016). Egretta eulophotes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22696977A93596047.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Chinese Egret. Retrieved on December 1, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/chinese-egret.