Chinese Egret

This species is defined as a Review Species . Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page .

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

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

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.

Similar looking species: Eastern Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Pacific Reef Heron

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)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.

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)
Peak week Mar 26-Apr 01
Early date 06 Aug 2016
Late date 01 Jun 2017
Most records recently have come from Chek Jawa; the largest numbers are usually recorded in the spring months.


BirdLife International. (2016). Egretta eulophotes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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