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Australian Egrets, Herons, Bitterns



Egrets, Herons, Bitterns

Cattle Egret
(Ardea ibis)
Cattle Egret
The Cattle Egret is a small white egret with a yellow bill and grey legs. In the breeding season it develops a tan head, neck and breast, and reddish orange bill tipped with yellow. Juvenile birds are white with grey bill. Click to continue>
Great Egret
(Ardea alba)
Great Egret
The Great Egret is a large white water bird with yellow bill. The neck is about one and a half times as long as the body. It has dark grey or black legs. The bill becomes very dark almost black in the breeding season, and the skin on face becomes... Click to continue>
Great-billed Heron
(Ardea sumatrana)
Great-billed Heron
The Great-billed Heron is a large heron. It is grey with long heavy bill. It has some long lighter grey plumes on head upper breast and shoulders giving a streaked appearance. The eye is yellow, with some yellow skin surrounding it. Young birds are... Click to continue>
Intermediate Egret
(Ardea intermedia)
Intermediate Egret
The Intermediate Egret is intermediate in size between the Little Egret and the Great Egret. It is white with yellow bill and grey legs. In the breeding season the bill turns reddish and it develops plumes on back and chest. Males and females are... Click to continue>
Pacific Heron
(Ardea pacifica)
Pacific Heron
The Pacific Heron has a white head and neck and dark grey body and wings, with black bill and black legs. No other Australian heron has these colours. The breeding plumage has maroon coloured plumes on the back and wings. Immatures are buff white... Click to continue>
Pied Heron
(Ardea picata)
Pied Heron
The Pied Heron is grey with a yellow bill and legs. The top of the head and crest is black and face and neck are white. Immature are brown or grey above with no crest and have white head, neck and underside. Click to continue>
Australasian Bittern
(Botaurus poiciloptilus)
Australasian Bittern
The Australasian Bittern is a large stocky heron with streaked brown, black and buff plumage. The underside is paler streaked with brown and creamy buff. It has brown bill. The head is brown on top with paler face and a darker streak below the eye... Click to continue>
Striated Heron
(Butorides striatus)
Striated Heron
The Striated Heron is a squat heron with large head and small drooping crest. The back and wings are green grey, with wing feathers outlined with yellow The neck is streaked down the centre with black, dark brown and white The underside is pinkish... Click to continue>
Intermediate Egret
(Egretta intermedia)
Intermediate Egret
The Intermediate Egret is a medium sized white egret. It looks similar to the Great Egret, but is smaller, has a more rounded head and the orange bill is shorter and not so acute angled. The neck is about the same length as the body. In breeding... Click to continue>
Little Egret
(Egretta garzetta)
Little Egret
The Little Egret is a small white egret with grey-black legs, black bill and a bright yellow naked face. In the breeding season has two long head plumes, Click to continue>
Reef Heron
(Egretta sacra)
Reef Heron
The Reef Heron has two colour variations. Some birds have white plumage and others are charcoal-grey. They all have yellow legs and brown beaks. Click to continue>
White-faced Heron
(Egretta novaehollandiae)
White-faced Heron
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. Click to continue>
Malay Night Heron
(Gorsachius melanolophus)
Malay Night Heron
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Black Bittern
(Ixobrychus flavicollis)
Black Bittern
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Little Bittern
(Ixobrychus minutus)
Little Bittern
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Yellow Bittern
(Ixobrychus sinensis)
Yellow Bittern
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Black-crowned Night Heron
(Nycticorax nycticorax)
Black-crowned Night Heron
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Nankeen Night-heron
(Nycticorax caledonicus)
Nankeen Night-heron
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.... Click to continue>


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