Striated Heron

Scientific Name: Butorides striata

Malay Name: Pucung-Bakau Biasa

Chinese Name: 绿鹭

Alternative Name(s): Little Heron

Range: Found from South America, Australia, Africa, Indian subcontinent, southern China, Japan, Korea to Southeast Asia with some northern populations winter to the south.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: striata, atricapilla, brevipes, rutenbergi, rhizophorae, crawfordi, degens, albolimbata, spodiogaster, amurensis, actophila, javanica, steini, moluccarum, papuensis, idenburgi, flyensis, macrorhyncha, stagnatilis, patruelis, solomonensis.

Local Subspecies: javanica

Size: 40-48 cm

Identification: Adult has mostly slaty grey plumage with blackish crown and long black nape-plumes, blackish bill with yellow base at lower mandible and yellowish-orange legs. Juvenile resembles Black-crowned Night Heron but has darker brown overall plumage, dark brownish crown and longer and slimmer bill.

Similar looking species: Black-crowned Night Heron

Habitat: Marshes, mangroves, waterbodies near parks/gardens and coastal areas.


Local Status: Common resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2022 Butorides striata)

Location: Sungei Buloh, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Pasir Ris Park, Lorong Halus, West Coast Park, Jurong Eco Garden, Jurong Lake Park, Pulau Ubin and any suitable patch of habitat.


BirdLife International 2022. Butorides striata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2022.. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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