Chinese Pond Heron

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.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

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.

Similar looking species: Indian Pond Heron, Javan Pond Heron

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
Peak week Apr 02-Apr 08
Early date 02 Jul 2022
Late date 28 Jun 2023
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This species can only be separated from Indian and Javan Pond Herons when they are in breeding plumage, usually in April and May.


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

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

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