White-faced Heron

Scientific Name: 
Ardea novaehollandiae

67 cm, 550 g. Slim bluish-grey heron with whiteface, chin and upper throat; bill black, legs greenish yellow. Strap-shaped plumes, more prominent in the breeding season, are long and pale grey on the back and short and pinkish brown on the chest. Juvenile like adult but lacks plumes and the white face is reduced, often white chin only. Flight slow, often high, with steady beats of 2-toned wings. Habitat: Occupies a wide variety of habitats from coastal estuaries and lagoons to rivers, lakes and farmland. Nests in solitary pairs high in trees, especially eucalypts and shelterbelt pines on farmland. Breeding: Jun-Feb.

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