Chinese Pond-Heron

Ardeola bacchus

Order

PELECANIFORMES

Family

Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

ARDBAC

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Chinese Pond-Heron has a large breeding range of around 3 million square kilometers. This small heron breeds in much of eastern China, parts of northern Vietnam, southeastern Russia, Japan, and Korea. It winters in southeastern China, southeastern Asia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and parts of northern Indonesia. The Chinese Pond-Heron occurs in such wetland habitats as marshes, ponds, mangroves, and rice fields. The global population is estimated to be anywhere from 25,000 to 1,000,000 individuals, and is believed to be stable. This species has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Chinese Pond-Heron: Small, stocky white heron with red-brown head and neck, chestnut breast, slate-gray back, yellow-white around eye, and white chin and line down front of neck. Short, rounded tail. Non-breeding adults have more black on bill, no red-brown or chestnut in plumage, brown-gray back, and brown-gray streaks on crown, face, and breast.

 

Range and Habitat

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Chinese Pond-Heron SONGS AND CALLS

Chinese Pond-Heron E1

"Kwa" calls of an adult on a nest in a breeding colony.

Chinese Pond-Heron E2

Flight call is a loud croak.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"kwa"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Chinese Pond-Heron is one of six species of pond- herons. It is presumed to form a superspecies with the peripatetic India Pond Heron and Javan Pond-Heron.
  • The first recorded occurrence of this bird in USA was on Saint Paul Island, Alaska in August 1997.
  • These birds are quite prone to vagrancy; an individual in breeding plumage was seen in Burma, well west of its usual breeding range, in 1995.
  • A group of herons has many collective nouns, including a "battery", "hedge", "pose", "rookery", and "scattering" of herons."

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

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Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
ChinX
The area of the face just below the bill.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
PlumesX
Large, conspicuous, showy feathers.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X