French: Blongios de Chine German: Chinadommel Spanish: Avetorillo chino
J. F. Gmelin
Oman; Seychelles; Indian Subcontinent, SE Russia and Japan through C & E China and Taiwan to SE Asia, Greater and Lesser Sundas, Philippines, New Guinea (possibly), N Solomons (Bougainville) and W Micronesia. N populations migrate to S of range, to S India, Philippines and Indonesia, some reaching Wallacea and New Guinea.
30–40 cm; 81–104 g; wingspan 45–53 cm. Male has dull black to blue-grey crown and crest, brown forehead, sandy-brown throat streaked brown, buff neck-sides... read more
Following vocalizations have been described: soft, repetitive, up- and downslurred “oo-oo-oo” or “... read more
Mostly in freshwater marshes; also reedbeds and other dense aquatic vegetation fringing lakes, in... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly aquatic insects and their larvae (e.g. Diptera, Libellulidae, Coenagrionidae, Diplonychus japonicus); also small fish (e.g... read more
Starts spring in N, May–Aug in Egypt, Japan and China; Jun–Sept in India, related to monsoons; young recorded May–Nov in... read more
N populations (S to C China and those in NW India) migrate to S of range, to Philippines and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to frequent in many areas, e.g. Pakistan, Japan, Thailand, Borneo (winter) and Philippines, where generally considered... read more
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