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White-faced Heron (Ardea novaehollandiae)

Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ardea
Species: novaehollandiae

Members' Notes:


On Dec 6, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

In the 1960's numbers of the White-faced Heron expolded, and it is now New Zealand's most common heron. Though they had been occasionally spotted in the nineteenth century, breeding was first recorded in 1941. Both sexes look alike, and in breeding season legs and feet turn pinkish, blue-grey plumes develop on back, upper breast feathers lengthen, and chestnut colouring intensifies. Their wide choice of diet comes from rocky shores, sandy beaches, mudflats, swamp margins, inland lake shores, up rivers, dams and creeks of hill country farms. They eat crustaceans, worms, spiders, molluscs, insects and vegetable matter, trout fingerlings, and not soley on trout as was suspected. They foot-rake while hunting, striding through the shallows, pausing every two or three metres to stretch out a l... read more