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: 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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External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

References:
BirdLife International. (2016). Ardeola bacchus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.