|Other Common Names|
Pacific Heron, Necked Heron
Breeding season: mainly September to December (but can breed in any month if water is available). Clutch size up to six, usually three or four. Nest is a loose platform in a living tree such as a River Red Gum near or over water. Nests may be solitary or in loose colonies. They have regular movements in winter and spring in many areas.
White head. Bill is black.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
Like other herons, the White-necked Heron has a special hinge mechanism at the sixth vertebra that allows them to rapidly extend their folded neck to catch unwary prey.
Carnivore. Feeds by wading in shallow water on fish, amphibians, crustaceans and insects.
Found in fresh shallow water, including farm dams, flooded pastures and roadside ditches.
Native to Australia