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
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.
Behavior/Ecology: Feeds on large fish.
Local Status: Common resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Sungei Buloh, Mandai Mudflat, Lower Seletar Mudflat, Lorong Halus, Chinese Gardens, Pulau Ubin and any suitable patch of habitat.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia.