Scientific Name: Butorides striata
Malay Name: Pucung-Bakau Biasa
Chinese Name: 绿鹭
Alternative Name(s): Little Heron
Found from South America, Australia, Africa, Indian subcontinent, southern China, Japan, Korea to Southeast Asia with some northern populations winter to the south.
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
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 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.
- Local extinctions of Singapore birds (Science)
BirdLife International. (2016). Butorides striata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22728182A94973442.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.