Family Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets & Bitterns)
The family Ardeidae consists of Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns. All are tall, slender, long-necked aquatic birds with sharp bills used for spearing prey.
11 species photographed. See the Australian birds list.
Australian Little Bittern Ixobrychus dubius
White-necked Heron Ardea pacifica
Eastern Great Egret Ardea modesta
Intermediate Egret Ardea intermedia
Cattle Egret Ardea ibis
Striated Heron Butorides striata
Pied Heron Egretta picata
White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Eastern Reef Egret Egretta sacra
Nankeen Night-Heron Nycticorax caledonicus