PORT PHILLIP BAY


White-faced Heron 

Egretta novaehollandiae

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Ciconiiformes
Family:
Ardeidae
Genus:
Egretta
Species:
novaehollandiae

General Description

Body grey, face white, breast feathers brown-purple. Bill dark brown and legs yellow. Body up to 70 cm long.

Biology

White-faced Herons feed in shallow water on intertidal mud flats and reefs, and also in pastures. They eat crustaceans, fish, insects and worms.

Habitat

Wetlands, swamps, coastal bays and inlets.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Australia.

Species Group

Birds Herons and egrets

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)

Water Column

Above surface

Max Size

70 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • 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, White-faced Heron, Egretta novaehollandiae, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 24 May 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7945

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