Sunday, August 06, 2006

Great-billed Heron Ardea sumatrana by skfoo

another great series by skfoo here's the writeup excerpted from his post

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Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana)

I have seen a Great-billed Heron on a number of occasions at Chek Jawa (Pulau Ubin). Alone in solitary as it hunts on the mudflats/sandy banks during low tides. Accordingly, this is the tallest living bird in Singapore. It is bigger than the more commonly seen Grey Heron and easily mistaken for the Purple Heron. As its name suggest, it is known for its massive bill. It is a rare resident of the South Islands, very rarely seen on the mainland (West and East only). Its habitat is mangroves, mudflats and rocky islets.

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