Chinese Pond Heron

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Common Name: Chinese Pond Heron
Scientific Name: Ardeola bacchus

Size: 15 ¾ - 19 ½ inches (40-50 cm)

Habitat: Asia; China and adjacent temperate and subtropical East Asia. It is found in shallow fresh and salt-water wetlands and ponds.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 25,000 - 1,000,000.

Diet: Insects, fish, and crustaceans.

Nesting: Their breeding habitat is marshy wetlands. They nest in small colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. Two to five eggs are laid.

Cool Facts: Members of the heron family commonly forage either by ‘standing still’ and awaiting prey, in an upright or crouched posture, then spearing the prey when it comes within reach, or by ‘walking slowly’ searching for prey on land or in shallow water’. The Chinese Pond Heron also does something very unusual for herons; they fly from tree perches to snatch prey that they had spotted on the surface of the lake.

Found in Songbird ReMix Shorebirds Volume II: Herons and Bitterns

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