French: Héron à tête blanche German: Weißhalsreiher Spanish: Garza cuelliblanca
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New South Wales, Australia
Australia (except arid interior); regularly reported in Tasmania, on islands in Bass Strait and in S New Guinea.
76–106 cm; 650–860 g; wingspan 147–160 cm. Distinguished from Egretta novaehollandiae by all-white head and adult E. picata by larger size... read more
Usually quiet, especially away from nest, but utters guttural croaking sound in alarm, and variety... read more
Shallow fresh water, flooded grassland, floodplains, rice fields, reservoirs, ephemeral or... read more
Food and feeding
Small aquatic and terrestrial animals, small birds, fish (normally under 3 cm, largest recorded was catfish of 10 cm), amphibians (frogs,... read more
Usually Sept–Feb (occasionally until Apr), during spring in S and summer rains in N; may occur year-round in wet years, depending on... read more
Nomadic, moves about exploiting seasonality of Australian wetlands, e.g. inland of Darwin breeds... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in Australia, especially inland in SE; population stable, but has expanded to SW of Western Australia since 1950. Has... read more
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