Scientific Name: Plegadis falcinellus
Malay Name: Sekendi Kilat Biasa
Chinese Name: 彩鹮
Found throughout most of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Central and North America. Populations from Asia and Australia may disperse widely outside the breeding season.
Size: 55-65 cm
Non-breeding adult has mostly uniform dark brownish plumage, white streaks on head and neck, green gloss on scapulars and upperwing-coverts and long down-curved bill. Adult in breeding plumage has glossed green forecrown and deep chestnut head, neck and body with no streaks. Juvenile resembles non-breeding adult but duller.
Habitat: Mudflats and marshy wetlands.
Behaviour/Ecology: Forages mostly by wading in shallow water, probing in soft mud for food.
Local Status: Very rare vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)
Featured reports: May 2022
Past accepted records in our database:
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
BirdLife International. (2019). Plegadis falcinellus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T22697422A155528413.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.