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Pied Heron

(Egretta [Ardea] picata)
Alternate name(s): "Pied Egret", "White-headed Egret"
Size: 43-52 cm
Weight: 245-280 g (male), 225-240 g (female)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Pied Heron at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

BREEDING

Two Pied Herons in breeding plumage on a perch (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)

Pied Herons in breeding plumage "lined up" on a rail; here one can see their nuchal plumes (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)

Frontal view of a Pied Heron in breeding plumage in captivity (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)

Near-lateral view of a Pied Heron in an aviary (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Lateral view of a Pied Heron in breeding plumage in captivity (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)

Lateral view of a Pied Heron in breeding plumage in captivity (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)

NON-BREEDING

Frontal view of a Pied Heron in non-breeding plumage on the grassy fringe of a wetland
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Near-frontal view of a Pied Heron in non-breeding plumage foraging in wet grassland
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of a Pied Heron in non-breeding plumage
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

This near-dorsal view of a Pied Heron clearly shows the black cap and nuchal plumes typical of adult birds; note the sparsity of plumes and the absence of plumes, especially on the back
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Immature Pied Heron with its catch
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Food, Diet

This Pied Heron has caught a snake (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[South of Darwin, NT, September 2008]

Pied Heron stalking its prey
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Immature Pied Heron with its catch
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

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