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  White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)





White-faced Heron | Egretta novaehollandiae photo
White-faced Heron

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WHITE-FACED HERON FACTS

Description
The White-faced Heron is light blue-grey heron with a white face. Young birds have less white on the face. Adults have yellow legs and juveniles have greenish yellow legs.

Size
65cm

Habitat
anywhere where there is water - tidal mudflats, grasslands, parks and gardens

Food
fish, insects and amphibians. In cities and suburban areas it and sometimes eats fish from goldfish ponds.

Breeding
the nest is an untidy structure of sticks built in a tree. Lays 3-4 eggs.

Range
throughout the mainland and Tasmania

distribution map showing range of Egretta novaehollandiae in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Ardeidae
Genus:Egretta
Species:novaehollandiae
Common Name:White-faced Heron

Relatives in same Genus
  Little Egret (E. garzetta)
  Intermediate Egret (E. intermedia)
  Reef Heron (E. sacra)