Grey Heron

Scientific Name: Ardea cinerea
Malay Name: Pucung Seriap Biasa
Chinese Name: 苍鹭

Found from Europe, Africa, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, China, Korea, Japan to Southeast Asia with most northerly populations wintering south

Polytypic. Subspecies are: cinerea, jouyi, monicae, firasa.

Local Subspecies: jouyi

Size: 90-98 cm

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.

Similar looking species: Great-billed Heron, Purple Heron

Habitat: Mangroves and various inland and coastal wetlands.

Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds on large fish.

Local Status: 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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Gray Heron)

BirdLife International. (2019). Ardea cinerea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Accessed on 19 December 2021

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