Scientific Name: Ardeola bacchus
Malay Name: Pucung-Padi Cina
Chinese Name: 池鹭
Range: Found from the Indian subcontinent, China to Japan and winter to Southeast Asia.
Size: 45-52 cm
Identification: 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: Common 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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Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
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 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Chinese Pond Heron. Retrieved on December 5, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/chinese-pond-heron.