French: Crabier malais German: Prachtreiher Spanish: Garcilla indonesia
Subspecies and Distribution
A. s. continentalis
Salomonsen, 1933 – C Thailand and S Indochina; winters S to Malay Peninsula (precise distribution uncertain, in part due to difficulties in identification).
A. s. speciosa
(Horsfield, 1821) – W & C Indonesia (Greater Sundas, Sulawesi and satellites, and Lesser Sundas E to Flores) and S Philippines (Mindanao).
c. 45 cm; wingspan 81 cm. Sexes apparently alike. In breeding plumage has pale golden-yellow head, crest and neck, with two long buff-white crest plumes, elongated slate-... read more
Poorly documented; gives harsh “krak” when disturbed and squawking sound in flight, but also a soft... read more
Mainly freshwater swamps, ponds, lakes, paddyfields and other flooded areas; less often in coastal... read more
Food and feeding
Fish, frogs, tadpoles and aquatic insects; also grasshoppers, beetles, ants, termites and earthworms. Passive feeder (principal methods... read more
Little known. In W Java apparently breeds Jan–Aug, in E Java Dec–May; in Kalimantan (S Borneo), eggs in Apr and active colony... read more
Mainly resident, with some local movements, e.g. now regular in S Philippines (on Mindanao) between... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Global population estimated to be within the range of 6700–67,000 mature individuals, with perhaps 25,000 in mainland SE Asia.... read more
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