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  • White-faced Heron

  • Egretta novaehollandiae
  • 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. The White-faced Heron has a slow bouncing flight.

  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=240
  • Song link
  • « Back to Catalog
  • White-faced Heron

  • 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. The White-faced Heron has a slow bouncing flight.

  • Formerly or also known as
  • Blue Crane
  • Scientific name
  • Egretta novaehollandiae
  • Ardrea novaehollandiae
  • Former scientific name
    RAOU number
  • 188
  • Size
  • 66-68cm
  • Period in district
  • Song group
  • Song link
  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=240
  • Description link
  • http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/white-faced-heron