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)
Location: Previous sightings were at Lorong Halus (June 1984), Sungei Buloh (May 1989 and Nov 2007) and Sime Road (Oct 1992).
BirdLife International. (2019). Plegadis falcinellus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Lim, K. S., Chia, A., Yong, D. L., & Chew, J. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.