Species Index

Ardea intermedia
(Wagler, 1827)

Common Name: Intermediate Egret

Distribution: The Intermediate Egret can be found at wetlands throughout the northern third of the continent as well as the eastern third. Generally absent from Tasmania.

Ecological Notes: Usually observed in the shallows in terrestrial wetlands, with a habitat preference for freshwater swamps, billabongs, floodplains and wet grasslands with dense aquatic vegetation. Occasionally seen in estuarine or intertidal habitats. Aquatic animals, primarily fish and frogs, are the main food items.

Additional Notes: Prey are usually hunted by standing and waiting, then stabbing at the prey with its dagger-like beak. In size is between the Great Egret and the Cattle or Little Egret at around 560 – 660 mm tall.

References: eBird at Accessed 21 July 2023.

Atlas of Living Australia at Intermediate Egret Accessed 14 August 2023.