Scientific Name: Ardeola bacchus
Malay Name: Pucung-Padi Cina
Chinese Name: 池鹭
Found from the Indian subcontinent, China to Japan and winter to Southeast Asia.
Size: 45-52 cm
Indistinguishable from other pond-heron species when in non-breeding and juvenile plumage. Adult in breeding plumage has distinctive chestnut-maroon head, head-plumes, neck and upperbreast, white underparts and blacklish-slate mantle and scapulars.
Habitat: Various wetlands like streams, marshes, ponds and open fields.
Behaviour/Ecology: Diet comprises fish, frogs, crustaceans and insects.
Local Status: Uncommon migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Pasir Ris Farmway 3, Lorong Halus, Bidadari, Bishan Park, Labrador Park, Kranji Marsh, Pasir Ris Park and other suitable habitats.
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BirdLife International. (2016). Ardeola bacchus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22697133A93600684.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.