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Featured Article: Chinese Egret
Breeding plumage Photo © by Neil
Breeding plumage
Photo © by Neil


Very rare and little-known. Breeding range is unclear: colonies in southern China, possibly elsewhere in China, in North Korea around Taegam Island and perhaps on the coast of the Russian Far East. Migratory but extent of movements little-known. Recorded in South Korea, southern Japan and the Ryukyu Islands, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaya, Singapore, Borneo and Philippines.


They breed in colonies on offshore islands on cliffs, in trees and low bushes and fly to mainland mudflats to feed. They build a disc shaped nest from straw and plants. The clutch of 3-5 eggs is incubated by the female for 24-30 days. The female cares for the young.

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