White-faced heron
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes/Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ardea
Species: Ardea novaehollandiae

The white-faced heron, or Ardea novaehollandiae, is a member of the Ciconiiformes family of birds. White-faced herons breed across the southern Asia-Pacific Region, including Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia, Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands and New Zealand.


The white-faced heron is a slim bluish-gray heron with white face, chin and upper throat. The bill is slaty blue or black and it's legs are greenish-yellow.


It can be found almost anywhere near shallow water, fresh or salt, and although it is prompt to depart the scene on long, slow-beating wings if disturbed, it will boldly raid suburban fish ponds.


Breeding takes place in the spring, mostly in southern Australia, and birds disperse for long distances at other times of year. The nest is an untidy shallow bowl, made of sticks and usually placed on a leafy branch.