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Rufous Night Heron Nycticorax caledonicus manillensis   - Non-breeding plumage
Rufous Night Heron
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Dayuan Township, Taoyuan City County, Taiwan
Date : 19 January 2019
English synonyms:Nankeen Night Heron, Nankeen Heron
Bird Family :Ardeidae - Egrets, Herons & Bitterns
Bird Group :CICONIIFORMES
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :A wintering Rufous Night Heron at this wetlands farming area near the sea since late 2018. This species is a vagrant to Taiwan. Avifauna of Taiwan (2nd edition) notes two sightings in August 2003 and June 2006. HBW 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 breed 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
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