Scientific Name: Ardeola speciosa
Malay Name: Pucung-Padi Emas
Chinese Name: 爪哇池鹭
Range: Found from Southern Indochina to Indonesia and winter to the Thai-Malay Peninsula.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: continentalis, speciosa.
Size: 45 cm
Identification: Indistinguishable from other pond-heron species when in non-breeding and juvenile plumage. Adult in breeding plumage has distinctive pale brownish-buff to creamy-whitish head and neck with white head-plumes, deep cinnamon-rufous breast, white belly and blacklish-slate mantle and scapulars.
Similar looking species: Indian Pond Heron, Chinese Pond Heron
Habitat: Various wetlands like streams, marshes, ponds and open fields.
Behaviour/Ecology: Diet comprises fish, frogs, crustaceans and insects.
Local Status: Uncommon migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
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Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
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Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Javan Pond-Heron)
BirdLife International. (2016). Ardeola speciosa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22697138A93601050.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Javan Pond Heron. Retrieved on May 31, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/javan-pond-heron.