A subspecies of the Great Egret found throughout Oceania and Asia.
Breeding colonies exist along the Daintree River where it is a common sight, feeding in the shallows.
It is easily distinguished from other egrets by its large size, growing up to 1 metre in height.
It mainly feeds on fish, frogs, small reptiles and even birds and rodents. It hunts for these, either by wading or standing in wait for an opportunity to spear its prey with its sharp bill.
It breeds in colonies (often with other members of the heron family) and raises one brood per year. It nests high in trees where it builds a flat, wide platform from dry sticks.