|In Edithvale Wetland, Melbourne, Australia|
The White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica), also known as the Pacific Heron, is found throughout New Guinea and Australia, except for the most arid regions, and is a vagrant to New Zealand.
It is a large, robust looking heron, with dark, slaty wings and body, and a mostly white head and neck. Its habitat mainly comprises freshwater wetlands and wet grasslands. It feeds on fish, frogs, insects and reptiles. It nests in dead or living trees associated with freshwater wetlands.
- Marchant, S.; & Higgins, P.J. (Coordinators). (2000). Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Vol.1: Ratites to Ducks. Oxford University Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0-19-553068-3
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