Bill longer and heavier, legs shorter than comparable herons or egrets. Two colour phases: 1) uniform dark-grey, with slight white streak down centre of throat; bill grey, facial skin yellow-green, legs grey with dull-yellow wash. 2) pure white, bill yellowish often with grey or horn coloured upper mandible, legs dull yellow-grey. Both have somewhat longer breeding plumes on back and breast.
Diurnal nocturnal, Forage both day and night. Hunts alone in an area excludes from others. Roosts and nests in loose colonies.
Coastal, Rocky coasts; islands and reefs; mudflats; tidal flats; scrub; pandanus adjacent to beaches.
Photo Darwin Harbour
September to January (nearly all year), 2 to 3; pale bluish-white, nest a simple platform of sticks in a tree., Incubation 25-28 day, young fledge in 5-6 wks.
Kakadu National Park
Carnivore, Small fishes; molluscs; crustaceans; marine life.
|| Eastern Reef Egret
|| Egretta (Ardea) sacra
|| Least Concern
|| 610 - 660 mm.
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