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White-bellied Heron Ardea insignis   - Adult
White-bellied Heron
Photographer : © Arka Sarkar
Location :River Po Chhu, Punakha, Bhutan
Date : 2 January 2016
English synonyms:Great White-bellied Heron, Imperial Heron
Bird Family :Ardeidae - Egrets, Herons & Bitterns
Red Data Status :Critically Endangered
Remarks :The Puna Tsang Chu basin at Punakha in Bhutan, with its fast flowing rivers with rocky banks and pebbly substrate, surrounded by Chir pine forests, provide an ideal habitat for this critically endangered bird. Most of the recent sightings and photographs of this bird are from this region. - AS