Pacific Reef Heron

Scientific Name: Egretta sacra
Malay Name: Bangau Batu Pasifik
Chinese Name: 岩鹭

Found from southern China to Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: sacra, albolineata

Local Subspecies: sacra

Size: 58 cm

Identification: Adult dark morph has diagnostic overall dark greyish plumage and greenish legs while adult white morph resembles Chinese Egret but has shorter legs, somewhat thicker, less pointed and mostly yellowish bill.

Similar looking species: Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Eastern Cattle Egret, Chinese Egret, Great Egret

Habitat: Rocky shores, islets, beaches, sometimes mudflats and even canals.

Ecology/Behaviour: Usually solitary or found in pairs. Exclusively coastal in habit preference.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Marina Barrage, Pasir Ris Park, Pulau Hantu, Pulau Semakau, Pulau Ubin (Chek Jawa), Seletar Dam, Siglap Canal, Sungei Buloh and West Coast Park.


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

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore