French: Crabier chinois German: Bacchusreiher Spanish: Garcilla china
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.
c. 42–52 cm; 280–332 g; wingspan 75–90 cm. Much darker than breeding-plumaged Bubulcus ibis, but main confusion risk is with closely related A... read more
Vocalizations poorly documented, although usually considered to be rather silent in non-breeding... read more
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
In India, May–Aug; in China, nest records from Apr–Jul; in Hunan (SC China), lays in early May. Colonial, normally forming... read more
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
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