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Bird White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)


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

Scientific Name: Ardea pacifica

Family: Ardeidae

Order: Ciconiiformes

Other Names: Pacific Heron

Distribution: The White-necked Heron is distributed throughout mainland Australia, inhabiting mainly fresh water wetlands.

Habitat: Most are found in shallow fresh waters, including farm dams, flooded pastures, claypans, and even roadside ditches. Sometimes they are seen in tidal areas

Field Notes: A large heron with a white head, long white neck with a double line of black spots running down the front. The upperparts of the body are slate-black, with plum-coloured nuptial plumes on the back and breast during the breeding season. Underparts are grey streaked with white. The bill is black, the naked facial skin is is blue or yellow, the eyes are green, and the legs and feet are black. Size: 66-68 cm.

Photo by Auscraft 2011 in My Yard, QLD.

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