French: Aigrette de Chine German: Schneereiher Spanish: Garceta china
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Breeds on coasts of Russian Far East, N & S Korea, NE & E (formerly also SE) China coast; non-breeders range S to Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines, and occasionally E & N to Japan (Hokkaido) and Sakhalin.
65–68 cm; 390–540 g; wingspan 99 cm. All-white egret, with dusky-black bill becoming yellow to pink at base of mandible, pale yellow-white eyes, yellow-green,... read more
Very poorly known. The only described vocalization appears to be a guttural, croaking “gwa” that is... read more
Mainly coastal, in estuaries and bays, feeding in shallow water along margins of mangroves or on... read more
Food and feeding
Apparently mostly small fish, shrimps, crabs, but other recorded prey includes frogs and grasshoppers. Prey taken in shallow water, e.g. in... read more
Starts Apr–Jun, depending on colony, with young typically fledging in Jul–Aug. Normally in or beside colonies of other species... read more
Migratory, although some apparently remain as far N as South Korea in winter; probably also... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Total population previously estimated at c. 1000 pairs and more recently within the range 2500–9999 mature individuals, with no evidence of declines over... read more
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