Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Herons, Egrets and Bitterns :: Malayan Night-Heron

Malayan Night-Heron Gorsachius melanolophus

Described by: Raffles (1822)
Alternate common name(s): Malayan Night Heron, Malayan Night-heron, Malay Night-heron, Malay Bittern, Malaysian Night-heron, Tiger Bittern
Old scientific name(s): Nycticorax melanolophus


Taipei, Taiwan - Nov, 2003 © Noah Strycker  Taipei, Taiwan - Nov, 2006 © Neil Fifer 
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Oriental region;
Fragmented distribution;
S. and e. India (two locations: w. Ghats from Belgaum and inland from Goa s. to the Nilgiris and hill tracts of s. Kerala and highlands of Assam and Manipur where it migrates through the valley between the hills of Shillong and Imphal in the Haflong District), se. China (Kwangsi, s. Yunnan in the Yao Shan and Hainan Is.), Taiwan (Taipei), Japan (s. Ryukyu Is.), e. and w. Burma (Ramree Is., s. Shan States, Tenasserim), Thailand (except the c. region), Indochina, Nicobar Is., Java, Palawan Is. and throughout the Philippines. Possibly Talaud Is.
Winters in Sri Lanka, Malaya, Sumatra, Java and Borneo.


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Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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