Rufous Night Heron (Nankeen Night-heron)

on 26th September 2021

We are indebted to Richard Foster who was aware of a wintering Rufous Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus manillensis), at this site since late 2018. This species is a vagrant to Taiwan. Avifauna of Taiwan (2nd edition) notes two sightings in August 2003 and June 2006. Handbook of the Birds of the World 2019 quotes three sightings in Taiwan in 2003, 2008 and 2009. The Rufous Night Heron comes up from the south; the N. c. manillensis subspecies is found in Philippines, Borneo, Java and Bali. From images online, the bird arrived in breeding plumage but is now in a non-breeding state. This area has many Black-crowned Night Herons and this vagrant seems to be accepted by the other birds.


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


Location: Dayuan Township, Taoyuan City County, Taiwan

Habitat: Wetlands farming area near the sea

Date: 19th January 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone


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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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