Species Details

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Indian Pond Heron Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Ardeola grayii
Family : Ardeidae
Order : Pelecaniformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Pond Heron
Habitat : Wetlands
Description : The Indian Pond Heron is a familiar snow-white waterfowl (adult bird length approximately 46 cm, weight 215 g, wing 21.5 cm, bill 6.3 cm, tarsus 6.2 cm, tail 7.8 cm). It has dark brown head and neck streaked with yellowish-buff. Its bill is greenish-yellow with a blue base, and legs and feet are green. It feeds mainly on fishes. It also takes insects, crustaceans, amphibians and some vegetables.The breeding season of the Chinese pond heron coincides with the arrival of the monsoon season. During this time, they form small colonies, often alongside other wading bird species, and construct their nests on stick platforms in trees or shrubs. These nests are typically situated at a height of approximately 9 to 10 meters within leafy trees. While the female builds the nest, the male gathers the necessary nesting materials. The typical clutch size consists of three to five eggs. The eggs hatch asynchronously, with an incubation period of 18 to 24 days. Both parents contribute to the feeding of the young, predominantly providing them with a diet of fish. Nest sites that remain undisturbed may be reused by the herons in subsequent breeding seasons.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:Misbah Mishu,Bangladesh;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Mike Nelson(www.xeno-canto.org/Mike Nelson), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.