Scientific Name: Ardeola grayii
Malay Name: Pucung-Padi Kelabu
Chinese Name: 印度池鹭
Found from the Persian Gulf, Indian subcontinent to the Maldive Islands and winter to the Thai-Malay Peninsula.
Size: 45 cm
Indistinguishable from other pond-heron species when in non-breeding and juvenile plumage. Adult in breeding plumage has distinctive brownish-buff head, neck and breast with long white head-plumes, whitish throat and dark brownish-maroon mantle and scapulars.
Habitat: Various wetlands like streams, marshes, ponds and open wooded areas.
Behaviour/Ecology: Diet comprises fish, frogs, crustaceans and insects.
Local Status: Rare migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Past accepted records in our database:
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
BirdLife International. (2016). Ardeola grayii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22697128A93600400.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.