Scientific Name: Ardea intermedia
Alternative Name: Yellow-billed Egret
Malay Name: Bangau Sederhana
Chinese Name: 中白鹭
Found from sub-Saharan Africa, Indian subcontinent, southern China, Korea, Japan, Indochina, Indonesia to Australia with most northerly populations winter to Southeast Asia.
Polytypic. Subspecies are: brachyrhyncha, intermedia, plumifera
Local Subspecies: intermedia
Size: 65-72 cm
Identification: Non-breeding adult is distinguished from similar looking Great Egret by smaller size, considerably shorter bill, shorter and less distinctly kinked neck. Also resembles Eastern Cattle Egret but much larger, has thinner neck and longer/darker legs. Breeding adult has longish plumes at back and breast, yellowish bill sometimes with black on tip and ridge of upper mandible. Juvenile resemble non-breeding adult.
Habitat: Various inland freshwater habitats, marshy grasslands and occasionally mangroves and mudflats.
Ecology/Behaviour: Often hunts and roosts with other egrets species and herons.
Local Status: Uncommon migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Kranji Marsh, Punggol Barat, Seletar Grassland, Sungei Buloh and any other suitable patch of habitat.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia