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

BirdLife International. (2019). Ardea cinerea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.