Javan Pond Heron

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Scientific Name: Ardeola speciosa
Malay Name: Pucung-Padi Emas
Chinese Name: 爪哇池鹭

Found from Southern Indochina to Indonesia and winter to the Thai-Malay Peninsula.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: continentalis, speciosa.

Size: 45 cm

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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BirdLife International. (2016). Ardeola speciosa. 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.