Our only heron with black bill and legs, white head and neck, and slaet-grey to blackish body, wings and tail; dark spots down centre of foreneck, some streaks below. Breeding plumage: maroon plumes on back and wings. Immature: more buffy white.
Coastal Wetlands, Areas of shallow water; fresh waters generally; wet fields; floodplains; inland water; rarely salt or brackish waters.
Breeds throughout year depending on food. 4 to 6; pale bluish green, nest bulky platform of sticks in a tree. Incubation by both sexes.
Kakadu National Park
Carnivore, Fish; small reptiles; freshwater molluscs; frogs; aquatic insects.
|| White-necked Heron, Pacific Heron
|| Ardea pacifica
|| Least Concern
|| 1050 mm.
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