Scientific Name: Gorsachius melanolophus
Malay Name: Pucung-Harimau Ubun Hitam
Chinese Name: 黑冠鳽
Range: Found from India, China, mainland Southeast Asia to the Philippines with some populations wintering south to Southeast Asia
Size: 48-51 cm
Identification: Adult has deep rufous head-sides and neck with black crown and long crest, chestnut-tinged brown upperparts, wings-coverts and upper-breast and densely marked blackish and whitish belly/vent. Juvenile is duller than adults and has densed irregular whitish to buffish and greyish bars and vermiculations on underparts and wings-coverts.
Habitat: Forest, forest edge, gardens, parks and wooded areas.
Local Status: Uncommon migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Bidadari, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Jurong Lake Garden, Venus Drive, Turuk Track, Tuas South and Hindhede Nature Park.
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Featured reports: Mar 2022, Apr 2022, Oct 2022, Nov 2022, Mar 2023, Apr 2023
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Malayan Night-Heron)
BirdLife International. (2016). Gorsachius melanolophus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22697242A93604480.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.). Malayan Night Heron. Retrieved on June 2, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/malayan-night-heron.