Indian Pond Heron near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat:
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Scientific Name :Ardeola grayii
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Pelecaniformes
Family : Ardeidae
Genus : Ardeola
Species : A. grayii
How do I identify these Birds:
- It is about 42-45 cm long
- It looks similar to an egret and is earthy brown when it is at rest
- But when it starts flying its whitish wings, tail and rump contrasting with dark saddle.
- In the non-breeding plumage the head, neck and breast are streaked. See the difference between the breeding and non-breeding plumage in the photo gallery above
- During the breeding season it acquires maroon hair-like plumes on back, and adult breeding plumage has yellowish-buff head and neck, white nape-plumes
- When it flies its neck is pulled in which is typical of herons.
Where do I find these Birds:
- It is a very common bird around the paddy fields around DPS Tapi.
- They are found in wetlands : river, temple ponds, roadside ditched even in the midst of populated towns.
- It can also be found on the seacoast in mangrove swamps, tidal mudflats etc.
- It feeds on Frogs, fish, insects and crabs.
- Generally it stands on the edge of the water hunched very quietly and patiently for movement of its prey which it jabs once it locates it.
- Sometimes it also wades into the shallows with its neck and bill ready for catching its prey.
- It nests mainly during the months of May-September during the monsoon.
- It roosts on large leafy trees even if there are other birds.
- Its nest is generally an untidy twig platform tamarind or other such trees.
Hindi : Bagla, Andha bagla, Chama bagla, Khunch bagla
Bengali : Konch bak
Tamil : Kulathu kokku, Kurutu kokku, Madai katan, Madayan