Scientific Name: Ardea cinerea
Malay Name: Pucung Seriap Biasa
Chinese Name: 苍鹭
Range: Found from Europe, Africa, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, China, Korea, Japan to Southeast Asia with most northerly populations wintering south
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: cinerea, jouyi, monicae, firasa.
Local Subspecies: jouyi
Size: 90-98 cm
Identification: Non-breeding adult has grey upperparts, mostly white head and neck with prominent broad black head-stripes and blackish streaks down centre of foreneck, black nape-plumes, whitish underparts, black shoulder-patch and dull yellowish bill. Breeding adult has bright orange-yellow bill, legs and feet. Juvenile resembles non-breeding adult but is duller and has less contrasting head and neck pattern and much shorter head-plumes.
Habitat: Mangroves and various inland and coastal wetlands.
Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds on large fish.
Local Status: Very common resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)
Location: Sungei Buloh, Mandai Mudflat, Lower Seletar Mudflat, Lorong Halus, Chinese Gardens, Pulau Ubin and any suitable patch of habitat.
BirdLife International. (2019). Ardea cinerea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T22696993A154525233.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Grey Heron. Retrieved on December 1, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/grey-heron.