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Bird White Faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)


Henry Arthur Readford
May 23, 2011
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Common Name: White Faced Heron

Scientific Name: Egretta (Ardea) novaehollandiae

Family: Ardeidae

Order: Ciconiiformes

Other Names: N/A

Distribution: White-faced Herons are the most commonly seen herons in Australia. They are found throughout the mainland and Tasmania, and most coastal islands.

Habitat: Anywhere there is water.

Field Notes: The White-faced Heron is mostly light blue-grey in colour, with a characteristic white face. In flight, the dark flight feathers of the wing contrast with the paler grey plumage, making this bird easily identifiable when viewed from below. It has a long, slim neck and a pointed grey-black bill. The legs are long and dull yellow in colour. Sexes are similar.

Photos by Auscraft, 2011. My Yard, QLD

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