Masked Finfoot Heliopais personatus


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Chowdhury, S. U., Neumann-Denzau, G., and Muzaffar, S. B. 2017. Nesting Ecology and Habitat Preference of the Masked Finfoot (Heliopais personatus) in Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Waterbirds 40(4): 410-416.

Chowdhury, S.U., Yong, D.L., Round, P.D., Mahood, S., Tizard, R., Eames, J.C. 2020. The status and distribution of the Masked Finfoot Heliopais personatus - Asia's next avian extinction? Forktail 36: 16-24.

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Gani, M.O. 2005. Distribution of Masked Finfoot Heliopais personata in the Sundarbans Reserved Forest of Bangladesh. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 102: 112-114.

IUCN. 2022. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2022-1. Available at: (Accessed: 21 July 2022).

Khan, M.M.H. 2005. Species diversity, relative abundance and habitat use of the birds in the Sundarbans East Wildlife Sanctuary, Bangladesh. Forktail 2: 79-86.

Neumann-Denzau, G., Mansur, E.F. and Mansur, R. 2008. Nests, eggs, hatchlings and behaviour of the Masked Finfoot Heliopais personatus from the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, with first nesting observations. Forktail: 92-99.

Rous, V. and Mahood, S.P. 2017. A breeding record of Masked Finfoot Heliopais personatus from Cambodia. BirdingASIA 28: 45-46.

Shepherd, C. R. 2006. Some recent behavioural observations of Masked Finfoot Heliopais personata (Gray 1849) in Selangor Darul Ehsan, Peninsular Malaysia. BirdingASIA: 69-71.

Thompson, P.M. and Johnson, D.L. 2003. Further notable bird records from Bangladesh. Forktail 19: 85–102.

Tordoff, A. W.; Appleton, T.; Eames, J. C.; Eberhardt, K.; Htin Hla; Khin Ma Ma Thwin; Sao Myo Zaw; Sein Myo Aung. 2007. Avifaunal surveys in the lowlands of Kachin State, Myanmar, 2003-2005. Natural History Bulletin of the Siam Society 55(2): 235-306.

Zockler, C., Ngwe Lwin, Thant Zin Tun, Pfutzke, S., Momberg, F., van der Ven, J. and Delany, S. 2020. Surveys of riverine birds along the Ayeyarwady River in 2017-2019 and conservation implications. Forktail 36: 1-15.

Further resources

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

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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Heliopais personatus. Downloaded from on 23/03/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 23/03/2023.