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
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.
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 (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Pasir Ris Farmway 3 and Sungei Serangoon.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia