Chinese Pond-Heron

Ardeola bacchus




Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:


Number of Eggs:

3 - 6

Incubation Days:

18 - 22

Egg Incubator:

Both sexes

Nest Location:

Nest is built high in a tree, or in tall grass near the edge of the water.

Nest Material:

Sticks, twigs, green leaves and grass.





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. Medium, pointed orange-yellow bill with black tip. Short, rounded tail. White-yellow legs and feet. Feeds on fish, frogs, crustaceans, rodents, and other small aquatic animals. Forages by waiting for prey to reveal itself at the edge of the water, or by walking near water and picking prey items from the ground.

Breeding and Nesting

Chinese Pond-Heron: Three to six blue-green eggs are laid in an unkempt nest constructed with sticks and twigs. The nest is lined with green leaves and grass, and built high up in a tree or in tall grass at the edge of the water. Eggs are incubated by both sexes for 18 to 22 days. Two broods are produced per breeding season.

Foraging and Feeding

Chinese Pond-Heron: Feeds on fish, frogs, crustaceans, small rodents, and other small aquatic creatures. Will also take carrion and feed on garbage. This small heron forages by waiting for prey items to appear at the edge or surface of the water, and by picking food from the ground as it walks through marshy areas.


Chinese Pond-Heron: Typically silent outside of breeding season. Emits a gruff "kwa" when flushed.

Similar Species

Chinese Pond-Heron: Rufous Night-Heron has a dark gray crown, and a thick black bill. Von Schrenk's Bittern has light reddish brown upperparts, and buff underparts.

The upper front part of a bird.
The area of the face just below the bill.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X