Sub-adult in non-breeding plumage of Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus) at Kuala Lumpur Gardens - July 2016
Local Name (Malay): Pucung Cina ("China Heron")
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
This is a fairly average sized small heron species found broadly over continetal East-Asia, but perhaps notable most for the identification headache it causes - it is part of a group of three species, the other two being Javan Pond Heron and Indian Pond Heron that while in the non-breeding plumage appear functionally identical to each other, though distinct when breeding. Fortunately for me, this bird isn't *quite* in full on non-breeding plumage and the identification can just about be made by the hint of maroon plumage around the face. All three species can be found in Malaysia though, so care must be taken.
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - A fairly common non-breeding migrant.