French: Aigrette pie German: Elsterreiher Spanish: Garceta pía
Ardea (Herodias) picata
Port Essington, Northern Territory, Australia
S Sulawesi and N Australia; also (probably non-breeding visitor) S Moluccas and C Lesser Sundas E to Tanimbar Is, Aru Is and New Guinea; wanders elsewhere in Australia, e.g. Victoria.
43–55 cm; 210–372 g. Black face and crown with elongated plumes, white throat, lower face and neck, slate-black to dark blue back, wings and belly, with long... read more
Vocalizations poorly known, but gives soft cooing at nest and a croaking “ohrk” in flight and on... read more
Mainly coastal, occurring in grassland and swamps of salt or fresh water, mangroves, mudflats,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly aquatic insects (grasshoppers, dragonfly larvae, water bugs, diving beetles and cockroaches), with crustaceans, amphibians, small... read more
Nesting occurs during summer monsoon, mainly Feb–Apr, but sometimes Jan–Jun; at Adelaide R, fairly late in Mar/Apr, when flood... read more
Poorly known. In Australia, sedentary with some erratic movements; regular non-breeding visitor to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common or even abundant along coastal lowlands of N Australia; stronghold in floodplains threatened by invasion of Mimosa... read more
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