White-necked Heron (species: Ardea (Ardea) pacifica) in Breelong NP (Gaia Guide)
Ardea (Ardea) pacifica
White-necked Heron

©Arthur Chapman: White-necked Heron (Ardea (Ardea) pacifica)

©Lip Kee Yap: White-necked Heron (Ardea (Ardea) pacifica)

©Wayne Butterworth: White-necked Heron (Ardea (Ardea) pacifica)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Ciconiiformes
Family Ardeidae
Genus Ardea
Species Ardea (Ardea) pacifica
Status least concern

Distinguishing features

It is a large, robust looking heron, with dark slaty wings and body, and white head and neck. (Wikipedia)


  • From 76 cm to 107 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 147 cm to 160 cm


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found throughout New Guinea and Australia, except for the most arid regions, and is a vagrant to New Zealand. Its habitat mainly comprises freshwater wetlands and wet grasslands. (Wikipedia)


It feeds on fish, frogs, insects and reptiles. (Wikipedia)

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