Ardeola grayii   (Sykes,  1832) (Bird)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Ardeidae

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Description
Voice: Call- a harsh croak uttered when flying off. A low conversational note, waku, and a variety of peculiar mumblings is produced by nesting pairs.

An egret-like marsh bird chiefly earthy brown when at rest, but with the glistening white wings, tail and rump flashing into prominence immediately it flies. In breeding season acquires maroon hair-like plumes on back, and long white occipital crest. Sexes alike. Singly, or loose parties, at jheels, ponds, etc.

Habits: Found wherever there is water, river, jheel, roadside ditch, kutcha well, or temple pond, oftern even in the midst of populous towns. Also on the seacoast in the mangrove swamps, tidal mudflats, etc. Its normal method of feeding is to stand hunched up at the water's edge watching patiently for movement and jabbing at the quarry when opportunity offers. Sometimes it wades into the shallows, moving forward stealthily and with circumspection, neck craned and bill poised in readiness.

Nesting: Season- chiefly May to September (SW. monsoon), November to January in S. India. Nest- an untidy twig platform like a crow's up in large mango, tamarind and such-like trees, shared with other egrets. Frequently within town limits, not necessarily near water. Eggs- 3 to 5, pale greenish blue.


Synonym (s)
Ardeola grayii grayii Ali & Ripley, 1978
Ardea grayii (Sykes, 1832)

Common Name (s)
• Kani Bagli (Gujarati)
• Chama Bagla (Hindi)
• Andha Bagla (Hindi)
• Bagla (Hindi)
• Kunch Bagla (Hindi)
• Guddi Konga (Telugu)
• Dok or Baga (Tripuri)
• Paddy Bird
• Indian Pond Heron (English)
• Bogli (English)
• Indian Pond-Heron (English)
• Pond Heron (English)
• Kulamunti (Malayalam)
• Kulathu kokku, Kuruttu kokku, Madai katan, Madayan (Tamil)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Estuarine
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Goa, Carambolim INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 2003, 2008)
• Mangalore, Someshwar INDIA
• Mangalore, Pavoor INDIA
• Mangalore, Nethravathi INDIA
• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.33) (Long: 75.96) INDIA
• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.66) (Long: 76.18) INDIA
• Kerala, Vembanad Lake (Lat: 9.66) (Long: 76.55) INDIA
• Kerala, Vembanad Lake (Lat: 9.28) (Long: 76.31) INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA
• Orissa, Dhamra Port INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Tinnakara INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Andaman & Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Delhi, Okhla barrage bird sanctuary INDIA
• Maharashtra, Satara district INDIA
• Haryana, Kurukshetra INDIA
• Goa, Taleigao Plateau INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Pallikaranai Wetlands INDIA
• Gujarat, Mahi River estuary INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Point Calimere (Lat: 10.3) (Long: 79.85) INDIA
• Karnataka, Anekere wetland INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary INDIA
• Kerela, Kuttanad wetlands INDIA
• Maharashtra, Navi Mumbai INDIA

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