Japanese Night-heron Gorsachius goisagi


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Further resources

IUCN SSC Heron Specialist Group

Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).

Search for photos and videos, and hear sounds of this species from the Macaulay Library

Species factsheet from HeronConservation - The IUCN-SSC Heron Specialist Group

View photos and videos and hear sounds of this species from the Internet Bird Collection

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Gorsachius goisagi. Downloaded from on 29/11/2023.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 29/11/2023.