White-faced Heron

Common name
White-faced Heron
Scientific name
Egretta novaehollandiae
Size – beak to tail
65 – 70 cm
Wing span
Birds of the Bluff
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Where to find
The White-faced Heron occurs in many different wetland habitats. It is commonly found hunting for food along the shallow waters of the foreshore or in the Barwon Estuary.
The White-faced Heron is a familiar and common heron  over much of Australia, especially in our region. This heron is mostly powder grey, while the underparts have light brown highlights. The face is a characteristic white and the legs are long and yellow, though immature birds have less distinct white markings on the face.

White-faced Herons feed in shallow water on intertidal mud flats and reefs, and also in pastures. They hunt by stalking slowly through the water before lunging to catch prey with the long beak. They have a slow bouncing flight. They forage for a wide range of prey, mostly small crustaceans, fish, insects and worms.