NANKEEN NIGHT-HERON FACTS
The Nankeen Night-heron is a compact heron with large head and stooped posture. The crown and back of neck is black. The back is rufous red and underside is creamy white with buff tinge. During breeding the head has two or three long slender plumes. It has yellow legs and feet. Immatures are pale grey-brown streaked with white on head and chest.
margins of rivers, swamps, dams, mangrove estuaries
insects, crustaceans, fish and amphibians.
Breeds in colonies, often with egrets and cormorants. The nest is a loose stick platform over water. Lays up to 5 eggs - usually 2 or 3.
throughout Australia, wherever there is permanent water. Uncommon in Tasmania.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||Nankeen Night-heron|
Relatives in same Genus
Black-crowned Night Heron (N. nycticorax)