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Showing Order Pelecaniformes between Cairns and Cape Tribulation

Order Pelecaniformes

Black Bittern

Black bittern
Ixobrychus flavicollis

Up to 58cm in length, this is a large bittern, found in wetland areas.

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Cattle Egret

Cattle egret
Bubulcus ibis

Often easy to spot, in paddocks with cattle on the side of the road, where they feed on insects.

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Great Egret

Eastern Great Egret
Ardea alba modesta

A subspecies of the Great Egret found throughout Oceania and Asia.

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Eastern reef egret

Eastern reef egret
Egretta sacra

Interestingly, this species can either be white, or grey.

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Great-billed heron

Great-billed heron
Ardea sumatrana

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

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Nankeen night heron

Nankeen night heron
Nycticorax caledonicus

Also known as the Rufous Night Heron, this is a medium sized heron that is mostly nocturnal.

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Royal Spoonbill

Royal spoonbill
Platalea regia

Also known as the black-billed spoonbill, it is often encountered wading on intertidal flats using its wide bill to catch small fish, crabs and frogs.

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White-faced heron

White-faced heron
Egretta novaehollandiae

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

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