Adult in breeding plumage
The Chinese Pond Heron, Ardeola bacchus, is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, found in shallow fresh and salt-water wetlands and ponds in China and East Asia. A stray bird stopping over on Saint Paul Island, Alaska August 4-9, 1997, was the first recorded occurrence of this species in the USA (AOU 2000).
The Chinese Pond Heron is typically 47cm 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. The Chinese Pond Heron lays a clutch of 3-6 blue-green eggs, often in mixed nests with other herons. Its diet comprises or insects, fish, and crustaceans.