Scientific Name: Hydrophasianus chirurgus
Malay Name: Teratai Ekor Panjang
Chinese Name: 水雉
Found from Indian subcontinent, China, Indochina, Philippines to Borneo and winter to Thai-Malay Peninsula, Indonesia and Northern Australia
Size: 29-31.5 cm
Identification: Non-breeding adult has drab brown upperparts, white underparts, short tail, yellow-buff supercilium/neck-side, dark crown and black eyestripe that leads to breast-band. Breeding adult has mostly blackish-brown body, white head/foreneck, yellow-buff hindneck, long black tail and mostly white wings. Juvenile resembles non-breeding adult but has rufous-chestnut crown and weaker/brownish breast band.
Habitat: Well-vegetated freshwater marshes and less suitable habitats on passage like mangroves, ponds, lakes and reservoirs.
Behaviour/Ecology: It is the male that take care for the young.
Local Status: Rare migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Kranji Marsh, Lorong Halus, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Hindhede Quarry and Jurong Lake Park.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia