Malayan Night-Heron

Gorsachius melanolophus

Order

PELECANIFORMES

Family

Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

GORMEL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Malayan Night-Heron has a large breeding range of one million, two hundred forty thousand square kilometers. It breeds along streams and rivers in forested areas in southern India, Myanmar, Taiwan, southern China, southeastern Asia, and the Philippines. This small heron winters in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and northern Indonesia and, on occasion, Palau. The global population of this species is estimated to be anywhere from 2,000 to 20,000 individuals. The Malayan Night-Heron has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern on account of its large, stable population.

SUMMARY

Overview

Malayan Night-Heron: Small, stocky heron with elongated black crest, red-brown head and neck, brown back and wings. White to gray-white throat, gray underparts, and thick brown streaks on throat. Short black bill with blue-gray base. Broad wings with thick black stripe. Sexes similar. Juvenile has yellow on bill and black and white spotting on head, neck, and back.


Range and Habitat

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Malayan Night-Heron SONGS AND CALLS

Malayan Night-Heron E1

Song is a deep, repeated "wu, wu, wu".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"arh, arh, arh", "kwok", "wu wu wu"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Lone pairs will frequently nest close to their previous seasons nesting site.
  • The Malayan Night-Heron may also be known by other common names, including Malaysian Night Heron and Tiger Bittern.
  • This species was first described by British statesman S. Raffles in 1822 in western Sumatra.
  • A group of herons has many collective nouns, including a "battery", "hedge", "pose", "rookery", and "scattering" of herons."

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

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Tufts of feathers on the head of the bird.
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