Pond herons are one of the most commonly found species of the Indian subcontinent. Docile by nature, they can be seen in their natural habitat as well as on the outskirts of villages. The first description related to the Pond heron bird was given in the year 1832, by Colonel W. H. Sykes. The bird belongs to the Old World species and is scientifically known as Ardeola grayii.
One of the smaller subspecies of the heron bird, Pond heron of India
has a buff-brown back. It has a small neck and even the bill is tiny and
thick. As the summer season approaches, the feathers on the neck of
adult herons start growing and become long. The wings of the Pond herons
are white in color. This is the reason that when they gain flight, they
look totally white. The bird is quite similar in appearance to the
Night Heron bird is found inhabiting the countries of India, Myanmar,
southern Iran and Sri Lanka.
The breeding habitat of the Pond herons consists of mainly marshy
wetlands in warm countries. They nest in small colonies, mostly with
other wading birds. The number of eggs laid falls between three and
Pond herons feed on a diet of insects, fish and amphibians. One usually
finds the bird standing all hunched up at a far corner of a water body.
It watches and waits patiently till the time the prey comes within
reach. The moment this happens, the prey is pulled out in a flash.
Facts about Pond Heron