Ardea pacifica (Latham, 1801)

Common Name: 
White-necked Heron

Ranges across mainland Australia and Tasmania.

Ecological Notes: 

Commonly observed in shallow fresh waters, including farm dams, flooded pastures, claypans, and even roadside ditches. It is sometimes seen in tidal areas of estuaries and embayments. The species preys upon insects, crustaceans, frogs, and fish. It has also been observed preying upon young ducklings and small mammals.

Additional Notes: 

White-necked Herons feed by wading in shallow water or stalking through wet grass looking for prey. The species has been observed harassing species of ibis and raptors, often stealing prey they have caught.


Atlas of Living Australia at Ardea pacifica Accessed 29 July 2020.
Birdlife Australia at Accessed 27 July 2020.