Indian Pond Heron

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Scientific Name: Ardeola grayii

Malay Name: Pucung-Padi Kelabu

Chinese Name: 印度池鹭

Range: Found from the Persian Gulf, Indian subcontinent to the Maldive Islands and winter to the Thai-Malay Peninsula.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 45 cm

Identification: 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.

Similar looking species: Chinese Pond Heron, Javan Pond Heron

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)

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BirdLife International. (2016). Ardeola grayii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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