White-faced Heron

The White-faced Heron, Egretta novaehollandiae, also known as the Blue Crane, is a common bird throughout most of Australasia, including New Guinea, the islands of Torres Strait, Indonesia, New Zealand, the islands of the Subantarctic, and all but the driest areas of Australia.

The White-faced Heron is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

White-faced heronedit this page = Birds Wiki, the online field guide that you can edit A white-faced heron walks on a rocky shoreline. The white-faced heron, or Ardea novaehollandiae, is a member of the Ciconiformes family of birds. White-faced herons breed across the southern Asia-Pacific Region, including Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia, Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands and New Zealand. More

The adult White-faced Heron is relatively small, pale blue-grey. The forehead, crown, chin and upper throat are white. The crown pattern is variable, with the white occasionally spreading down the neck; the variability makes identification of individuals possible. The iris may be grey, green, dull yellow or cinnamon. The regions between the eye and bill on the side of the head (lores) are black. The beak is black and often pale grey at the base. More

The White-faced Heron is mostly light blue-grey in colour, with a characteristic white face. In flight, the dark flight feathers of the wing contrast with the paler grey plumage, making this bird easily identifiable when viewed from below. It has a long, slim neck and a pointed grey-black bill. The legs are long and dull yellow in colour. Sexes are similar. When breeding, the birds have long feathers (nuptial plumes) on the head, neck and back. More

Description: The White-faced Heron Egretta (Ardea) novaehollandiae is the most commonly seen heron in Australia and has a length of 66�69 cm. It is a medium/large sized pale grey bird with dark flight feathers giving a two-tone effect to the wings in flight. The head is grey with white around the eyes and it has a white stripe on the throat. The primaries are black, while the breast has chestnut nuptial plumes. More

White-faced Heron, Ardea novaehollandiae on fencepost A statuesque sentinal warily eyes the camera. Moments later a graceful glide to the safety of distance. Safety lies over the water - Continue your exploration of wildlife at Middle Path...... With feathers:- * Satin Bower Birds * Cockatoos * Bird feeding contests * Ducks. More

A single White-faced Heron was feeding in the shallows. On the open stretch of water, comprising the "main pool", the first Australasian (Little) Grebe or Dabchick was recorded. By January 3rd the water level had fallen even further but an interesting assemblage of new birds had appeared. A solitary Black-winged (Pied) Stilt was resting on the muddy fringe close to a small flock of Wood Duck. In addition, three White-faced Herons were present as well as a Little Black Cormorant. More

Australian bird, the white-faced heron has migrated outwards in a northerly and easterly direction. Inhabits freshwater wetlands, coastal areas, rivers and farm ponds. The bird was occasionally sighted in New Zealand in the 1800's but was not confirmed to be breeding here until 1941. Habits: The white-faced heron often perches with its head tucked in. When searching for food, the bird wades through shallow water pausing regularly to 'foot rake'. More

The White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) in the Birds. More

A white-faced heron, keeping an eye on us while we fished. Viewer larger for less flickr resizing sharpening effects. To take full advantage of Flickr, you should use a JavaScript-enabled browser and install the latest version of the Macromedia Flash Player. Comments view profile the-father Pro User says: what an excellent capture of this beautiful bird. More

The White-Faced Heron can be found over most of Australia, but is mainly a winter visitor to the top end of the Northern Territory and Cape York Peninsula. It is noticably absent from the dry interior of Western Australia. The heron prefers shallow wetlands whether it be fresh, brackish or salt. It can often be found near streams, farm dams, shores, tidal mudflats, beaches, golf courses and in pastures, orchards, grassland and gardens with fish ponds. More

One peculiarity observed by us is a White-faced Heron at a kangaroo carcass. If not scavenging, the only other possibility is that it was looking for grubs to pick off the carcass. More

A self introduced species from Australia, the White-faced heron is now commonly seen throughout New Zealand on tidal flats, estuaries, coastal reefs, and grasslands - basically anywhere there is water. The diet of the white faced heron varies a lot and includes a variety of fish, frogs, rats, insects, and other aquatic animals. White-faced Heron, Egretta novaehollandiae, (formerly - Ardea novaehollandiae novaehollandiae), in an estuary near Hinahina along the Southern Scenic Route, Catlin's Highway, Otago, East Coast, South Island, New Zealand. More

Self introduced from Australia the white-faced heron is now the most common heron having benefited from the widespread conversion of forest to farmland. They are found throughout Australia and also occur in Indonesia, New Guinea and New Caledonia. White-faced herons can be found anywhere where there is water, from tidal mudflats and coastal reefs to moist grasslands and gardens. They feed on a wide variety of prey, including fish, insects and amphibians. More

white-faced heron fishing in a small waterfall just below the main falls. The heron was keeping a close eye on the water flowing past, and managed to catch a couple of small fish while we watched. More

The white-faced heron was an occasional visitor to New Zealand in the early 20th century, and eventually began breeding there in the 1940s. Now they are the most numerous and widespread herons in the country. They are found along the coast, and inland around wetlands. About this item Natural Sciences Image Library of New Zealand Reference: Bi0559Smt.jpg Photograph by Peter E. More

introduced from Australia the White-faced Heron is now the most common heron having benefited from the widespread conversion of forest to farmland. This slim bluish-grey heron has a white face, chin and upper throat, and a black bill and greenish-yellow legs. Strap-shaped plumes are long and pale grey on the back and short and pinkish brown on the chest. The call is a guttural croak. More

White-faced Herons are relatively common in captivity, especially in zoos. I’m sure that most zoos will have had experience at raising the young. Might be worth contacting your nearest zoo or wildlife park for advice. It’s way beyond my experience and knowledge, sorry. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. More

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Original source: Victor Burolla
Author: Victor Burolla
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Order : Ciconiiformes
Family : Ardeidae
Genus : Egretta
Species : novaehollandiae
Authority : (Latham, 1790)