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.
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.