PORT PHILLIP BAY


Nankeen Night-heron 

Nycticorax caledonicus

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Ciconiiformes
Family:
Ardeidae
Genus:
Nycticorax
Species:
caledonicus

General Description

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.

Biology

Nankeen Night-herons are a nocturnal species and are active from dusk until dawn.

Habitat

Freshwater wetlands and swamps.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Australia.

Species Group

Birds Herons and egrets

Max Size

65 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Near Threatened
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Nankeen Night-heron, Nycticorax caledonicus, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 25 Mar 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7865

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