Upper body red-brown, underparts white, top of head black. When breeding: two plumes of long narrow white feathers on back of the head. Young birds streaked cream and brown with white spots on the wing. Body up to 65 cm long.
Nankeen Night-herons are a nocturnal species and are active from dusk until dawn.
Freshwater wetlands and swamps.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Near Threatened
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern