French: Crabier de Gray German: Paddyreiher Spanish: Garcilla india
N Persian Gulf E through Indian Subcontinent (including Sri Lanka) to Myanmar; also Laccadives and Maldives, Andamans and Nicobars. Winters S to NW Malay Peninsula.
39–46 cm; 230–276 g; wingspan 75–90 cm. Sexes alike. Legs and feet greenish, bill yellow-horn with extensive black tip, lores green and eyes yellow. Most... read more
Vocalizations poorly described, but reported to call frequently when disturbed or at communal... read more
Very varied, including rivers, streams, lakes, marshes, paddyfields, reservoirs, tidal mudflats,... read more
Food and feeding
Small fish (including Barilius, Nemacheilus and Ophiocephalus), frogs (Rana), tadpoles, crabs (... read more
Season May–Sept in N India, generally Dec–May in S India and Sri Lanka (although peak breeding in Jun in one colony in Kerala... read more
Principally sedentary, with some local movements connected with flooding and droughts, and perhaps... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Abundant throughout India, where is one of most familiar waterbirds and has adapted well to human-modified habitats, even nesting in... read more
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