- Ardeola grayii
39–46 cm (15¼-18 in) Adult Breeding: Head and neck light buffy-brown, Long head plumes, Scapulars and Mantle redish-chocolate brown. White Throat, Greater Upper Coverts slightly buff.
Adult Non-breeding and Juvenile: head, neck, and breast have streaks and spots.
In non-breeding can be very similar to Squacco Heron but Indian Pond Heron has a dark supraloral line (just above the gape from below the eye to the front of the head). May not be separable from Chinese Pond Heron in non-breeding/juvenile plumage.
Largely resident but occurs as a rare but regular migrant in Oman.
Usually freshwater, sometimes brackish lagoons or on coastal mudflats. Can be seen on almost any kind of freshwater from small stagnant pools to large lakes and often close to human habitation.
When Spooked freezes, until exploding in flight. Have been observed catching jumping fish and diving whilst in flight.
Their varied diet includes small fish, frogs, tadpoles and crabs.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2015)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Indian Pond Heron. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 27 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Indian_Pond_Heron