Family Herons (Ardeidae)

Least Concern

Chinese Pond-heron (Ardeola bacchus)


Taxonomy

French: Crabier chinois German: Bacchusreiher Spanish: Garcilla china
Taxonomy:

Buphus bacchus

Bonaparte

, 1855,

Malay Peninsula

.

Closely related to A. ralloides, A. grayii and A. speciosa. Perhaps also close to A. idae. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Breeds from Russian Far East, NE & E China and Japan SW to NE India (Assam) and N Myanmar. Winters in Andaman Is, Malay Peninsula, Indochina, Borneo and Sumatra, and NE to Ryukyu Is.

Descriptive notes

c. 42–52 cm; 280–332 g; wingspan 79–90 cm. Much darker than breeding-plumaged Bubulcus ibis, but main confusion risk is with closely related A... read more

Voice

Vocalizations poorly documented, although usually considered to be rather silent in non-breeding... read more

Habitat

Frequents paddyfields, swamps, ponds, riverbanks; also in mangroves and at tidal pools, mainly in... read more

Food and feeding

Small frogs, worms, aquatic invertebrates, fish, molluscs, worms, some terrestrial insects and even small birds. Little known about... read more

Breeding

In India, May–Aug; in China, nest records from Apr–Jul; in Hunan (SC China), lays in early May. Colonial, normally forming... read more

Movements

Indian and N Indochinese birds considered sedentary, with some local movements, but former might in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Global population estimated at 25,000–1,000,000 individuals. One of commonest herons in E China, with breeding densities of up... read more

Recommended citation

Martínez-Vilalta, A., Motis, A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Chinese Pond-heron (Ardeola bacchus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52700 on 15 October 2018).