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White-necked Heron - BirdForum Opus

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Alternative name: Pacific Heron

Ardea pacifica
Photo by Neil Fifer
Sydney, Australia


Large, dark slaty wings and body, white head and neck.


New Guinea and Australia; vagrant to New Zealand and Tasmania.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Freshwater wetlands and wet grasslands.


The diet includes small terrestrial and aquatic animals. It nests in dead or living trees.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist

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