INDO-MALAYAN Freshwater
birds

The birds of the freshwater lakes, rivers, ponds, wetlands and rice paddy fields of tropical Asia...

Family Rallidae: Rails, Gallinules, Coots

Porzana bicolor, 'Black-tailed Crake' (Paro, Bhutan).

Family Burhinidae: Thick-knees

Esacus recurvirostris, 'Great Thick-knee', (Bundala, Sri Lanka). Widespread in wetland across tropical Asia.

Family Recurvirostridae: Stilts & Avocets

Family Ibidorhynchidae: Ibisbill

There is only one species in this family.

Ibidorhyncha struthersii, 'Ibisbill', (Bhutan). A rare bird found only on shingle river banks in high altitude Asia.

Family Charadriidae: Plovers, Dotterels

Vanellus duvaucelii, 'River Lapwing' (Bhutan).

Family Scolopacidae: Sandpipers, Snipes

Family Ciconiidae: Storks

Leptoptilos javanicus, 'Lesser Adjutant Stork' (Bundala, Sri Lanka). Common than the closely related Greater Adjutant, and told apart by this species having more complete black on wing and red on face, and no large red neck lump. 

Anastomus oscitans, 'Asian Openbill Stork', (Bundala, Sri Lanka). The bizarre bill with the gap when closed has evolved to feed specifically on molluscs. 

Family Threskiornithidae: Ibises, Spoonbills

Platalea leucorodia'Eurasian/Common Spoonbill' (Bundala, Sri Lanka).

Family Ardeidae: Herons, Egrets, Bitterns

Ardea insignis, 'White-bellied Heron' (Bhutan). This is a very rare bird, close to extinction. There are thought to be only about 250 individuals left.

Ixobrychus sinensis'Yellow/Chinese Little Bittern' (Bundala, Sri Lanka).

Family Acrocephalidae

Acrocephalus stentoreus, 'Clamorous/Indian Reed Warbler'. Found around reed beds on lakes and rivers, from Egypt, east through tropical Asia and south to Australia.


Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions and Australia with Coral Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.