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.
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)
Location: Pasir Ris Farmway 3 and Sungei Serangoon.
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Javan Pond Heron Ardeola speciosa Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
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.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Javan Pond Heron. Retrieved on December 6, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/javan-pond-heron.