Chinese pond heron

Ardeola bacchus

The Chinese pond heron is an East Asian freshwater bird of the heron family. It is one of six species of birds known as "pond herons". It is parapatric with the Indian pond heron to the west and the Javan pond heron to the south, and these three are presumed to form a superspecies.
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Appearance

The Chinese pond heron is typically 47 cm long with white wings, a yellow bill with a black tip, yellow eyes and legs. Its overall colour is red, blue and white during breeding season, and greyish-brown and flecked with white at other times.
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Distribution

It is found in shallow fresh and salt water wetlands and ponds in China and adjacent temperate and subtropical East Asia. Essentially a lowland bird, its range is delimited by the subarctic regions in the north, and by the mountain ranges in the west and south.
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Status

It is fairly common and not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.
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Reproduction

The Chinese pond heron often nests in mixed-species heronries. It lays a clutch of 3–6 blue-green eggs.
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Food

Its food consists of insects, fish, and crustaceans.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPelecaniformes
FamilyArdeidae
GenusArdeola
SpeciesBacchus