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Herons and Bitterns found in Malaysia

Herons and Bitterns found in Malaysia

Malaysia post issued a colourful stamp set and a souvenir sheet featuring Herons and Bitterns found in Malaysia.

The stamp shows Black-crowned Night Herons, The striated heron, Grey heron and the souvenir sheet shows Puchong bird Bendang.

Herons and Bitterns found in Malaysia

Black-crowned Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) – Pucung Kuak
Black-crowned Night Herons are small stocky, short-legged compared to other herons. They are handsomely attired in a tri-colour plumage of black, grey and white, with two long plumes on the nape.
Night Herons are very aggressive and steal eggs and young of other heron colonies.

Black Crowned Night Herons eat a wide range of prey from aquatic invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles to land invertebrates including small mammals.

Prey is shaken vigorously until stunned or killed and then juggled about in the beak and swallowed head first.

The striated heron (Butorides striata) – Pucung Keladi
The striated heron also known as mangrove heron, little heron or green-backed heron, is a small heron. Striated herons are mostly non-migratory and noted for some interesting behavioral traits.

Little Herons are often encountered at Sungei Buloh Nature Park, hunched into a compact egg-shape on a branch over the water, motionless but intently looking out for prey.

Little Herons use a wide variety of hunting techniques, but usually hunt from cover and rarely forage on the open mudflats.

Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) – Pucung Seriap
The grey heron (Ardea cinerea), is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa.

Grey heron is a large bird, standing up to 100 cm tall and measuring 84–102 cm long with a 155–195 cm wingspan.

Grey Herons have long necks and powerful bills for a long and strong reach. They usually wait on the mud or at the water’s edge to snatch passing aquatic prey. They can stand motionless for hours.

Herons and Bitterns found in Malaysia

Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus) – Pucung Bendang
Cinnamon Bitterns hunt small fish, frogs and invertebrates but take larger prey than the Yellow Bitterns, with which they share their habitat.

Cinnamon Bitterns prefer freshwater wetlands where there is thick vegetation to hide in and are hard to spot because of their supreme camouflage.

Herons and Bitterns found in Malaysia

Title: Herons and Bitterns found in Malaysia
Date of Issue: 25 June 2015
Country: Malaysia
Denominations: 60sen, 70sen, 80sen, SS RM5.30

Source: http://www.pos.com.my/

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