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.

Behaviour/Ecology:

Local Status: Common resident and migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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.

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

References:
BirdLife International. (2016). Butorides striata. 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.