Masked Finfoot

Scientific Name: Heliopais personatus
Malay Name: Pedendang Asia
Chinese Name: 亚洲鳍趾鷉

Found from Northeast India, Southern Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos to Vietnam and winter to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra and Java.


Size: 52-54.5 cm

Male has thick yellow bill, grey hind neck and hindcrown, blackish throat and upper foreneck with white border, brownish rest of upperparts, mostly whitish underparts and bright green feet. Female resemble male but throat, upper foreneck and much of lores whitish and has less black on forecrown. Juvenile resembles female but somewhat browner above with no black on forecrown.

Habitat: Rivers in broadleaved evergreen forest, mangroves, swamp forest and sometime pools and lakes away from forest.

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually secretive. Head jerks back and forth when swimming.

Local Status: Very rare migrant

Conservation Status: Endangered (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (Jan 1999) and Upper Seletar Reservoir (Feb 1995, Apr 2002 and Jan 2010).


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Heliopais personatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.