Ardeola bacchus   Bonaparte,  1855 (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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Size: c. 52 cm

Color: Adult (breeding)- Above, head and neck, with long lanceolate nuchal crest, dark maroon-chestnut. Back and some scapulars blackish slaty. Below, chin and throat white; elongate breast plumes dark maroon-chestnut, blackish towards ends. rest of body including wings and tail white; the outer two or three primaries brownish at tip. Sexes alike.
Iris deep golden Yellow. Orbital skin greenish Yellow. Bill Yellow, blackish on terminal quarter, bluish at base. Legs an d feet Yellowish green, the soles still paler; possibly as in A. grayii salmon pink in some breeding individual, but not recorded.

Breeding: Breeds in the eastern Brahmaputra valley in Assam (Lakhimpur), westward to about Tezpur, in small mixed heronries together with Indian Pond Herons and the usual associates. Season, chiefly May to July-August. Nest and eggs not dofferent from those of the Indian bird, the Latter 3 to 5 pale sea green.

Synonym (s)
Buphus bacchus (Bonaparte, 1855)

Common Name (s)
• Chinese Pond Heron (English)
• Chinese Pond-Heron (English)
• Lampra
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Insect, fish and crustaceans
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 2003, 2008)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Island (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Assam INDIA
• Manipur INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • PBase Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at -
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at -
  • Kumar A, sati JP and Tak CK (2003) Checklist of Indian Waterbids Buceros Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetlands 8(1) 30pp Available at -
  • Ali S and Ripley SD (1968) Handbook of the birds of India and Pakistan Oxford university press 1 1-368pp Available at - NIO

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