WHITE-FACED HERON

WHITE-FACED HERON (Egretta novaehollandiae)

The white-faced heron is about 27 inches long, is grey with a white face around a black bill, which makes it easy to identify. It is common in New Zealand, and likely self-introduced from Australia around seven decades ago. Like other herons, it builds its nest on tree tops. It is usually found along rocky shores or mudflats, but will also hunt for fish in human habitats.

NAME: The name ‘Heron’ has a complicated origin and evolved from an ancient Greek word meaning ‘to creak or screech’ (in reference to that bird’s call).

White-faced heron -Kaikoura, NZ
White-faced heron -Kaikoura, NZ
White-faced heron hunting - Kaikoura, NZ
White-faced heron hunting – Kaikoura, NZ

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