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Information for Great-billed heron - Ardea sumatrana

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Great-billed heron
Ardea sumatrana

Australias largest heron, it hunts its prey in shallow water.

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Great-billed heron - Ardea sumatrana on the Daintree River - Photo by Alex Pawlow

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It either waits motionless, or slowly stalks small fish, crustaceans.

We often see this magnificent bird on the Daintree River and the Mossman River during boat tours.