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.

References: 

Birdlife Australia at http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/intermediate-egret. Accessed 27 July 2020.

Atlas of Living Australia at Ardea intermedia Accessed 29 July 2020.