New reports on ruru nesting and Island conservation

Date posted: 02-Oct-2017

Two new reports have been added to the website. The first gives details of a summer students..

2018 calendars now available

Date posted: 27-Sep-2017

Our latest calendar, beautifully illustrated with images taken on the Island, is now available fo..

Guided walks for photographers

Date posted: 21-Jun-2017

For a wonderful day of wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Island for a Ph..

Ferry discounts for Supporters

Date posted: 18-May-2017

Tiritiri Matangi Island, the perfect winter's day trip. The birds are at their best, warm up w..

More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

Click here (/miscellaneous documents/DevWaderFilms.jpg) for details of a forthcoming film festival c..

Extra Dawn Chorus Trip

Date posted: 20-Oct-2016

Stop Press: Extra Dawn Chorus trip now scheduled for Thursday 27th October 2016. ..

2016 AGM

Date posted: 06-Sep-2016

The 2016 AGM was held at the Kohia Centre at 7:30 pm on Monday 19th September. Click here (/..

White-Faced Heron

Scientific name:

 Ardea novaehollandiae novaehollandiae

 

 

Conservation status:

 Native. Not threatened

Mainland status:

 Widespread and common 

Size:

 67cm, 550g 

Lifespan:

 Unknown

Breeding:

 June - October

Diet:

 Fish, frogs, invertebrates, mice

White faced heron - photographer: Max McRaeSelf introduced from Australia the white-faced Heron is now the most common heron, having benefited from the widespread conversion of forest to farmland.

This slim bluish-grey heron has a white face, chin and upper throat, and a black bill and greenish-yellow legs. Strap-shaped plumes which form in the breeding season are long and pale grey on the back and short and pinkish brown on the chest. The call is a guttural croak.

The diet is fish, frogs and tadpoles, aquatic and pasture insects, spiders, earthworms and mice.

Breeding takes place between June and February with the peak about October.The nest is an untidy bundle of sticks and twigs usually high up in a large tree. Both adults incubate for about 26 days and usually two chicks are raised and fed by both parents.

Although white-faced herons are extremely common on the mainland close to Tiritiri Matangi, they are not often seen on the Island because the habitats they most favour (mudflats and pasture) are not present there.

Learn more about the white-faced heron at New Zealand Birds Online

White faced heron - photographer Dr Kerry RodgersPair of white faced heron - photographer: Max McRae













Photography by: Max McRae © (Top Right, Bottom Left) and by Dr Kerry Rodgers © (Bottom Right)

References: Heather, B.D.; Robertson, H.A. 2000 The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. Auckland, Viking.