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Information for White-faced heron - Egretta novaehollandiae

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White-faced heron
Egretta novaehollandiae

A medium sized heron common throughout Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand.


White-faced heron - On the Daintree River - Photo by Alex Pawlow


Easily recognised by its bluish-grey plumage and distinctive white face.

It is commonly seen along the Daintree River perched on trees overhanging the water, or hunting in shallows. Their diet consists of fish, frogs, insects and other small aquatic animals.