Great-billed Heron

Scientific Name: Ardea sumatrana

Malay Name: Pucung Seriap Lembu

Chinese Name: 大嘴鹭

Range: Found from Southeast Asia to Papua New Guinea and Australia

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 114-115 cm

Identification: Non-breeding adult resembles a large and long-necked heron with dusky grey overall plumage and long stout dagger shaped bill. Adult in breeding plumage has distinct white-tipped greyish plumes on scapulars and breast. Plumage of juvenile appears warmer-tinged than non-breeding adult.

Similar looking species: Grey Heron, Purple Heron

Habitat: Mudflats and other coastal habitats.

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually solitary, stalking prey at the edge of mudflats or estuaries.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Labrador Park, Pulau Semakau, Pulau Hantu, Sungei Buloh, Lim Chu Kang, Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong.


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

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

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

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