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Egretta novaehollandiae (White-faced Heron)

Synonyms: Ardea novaehollandiae

Wikipedia Abstract

The white-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) also known as the white-fronted heron, and incorrectly as the grey heron, or blue crane, is a common bird throughout most of Australasia, including New Guinea, the islands of Torres Strait, Indonesia, New Zealand, the islands of the Subantarctic, and all but the driest areas of Australia.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 10.5117
EDGE Score: 2.44336


Adult Weight [1]  1.235 lbs (560 g)
Birth Weight [2]  32 grams
Female Weight [1]  1.149 lbs (521 g)
Male Weight [6]  1.321 lbs (599 g)
Weight Dimorphism [1]  15 %
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates), Piscivore
Diet - Ectothermic [3]  20 %
Diet - Fish [3]  20 %
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  50 %
Diet - Scavenger [3]  10 %
Forages - Water Surface [3]  100 %
Clutch Size [5]  4
Fledging [1]  40 days
Incubation [4]  25 days
Snout to Vent Length [1]  26 inches (66 cm)
Wing Span [7]  3.477 feet (1.06 m)


Protected Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
New Caledonia New Caledonia No
New Zealand New Zealand No
Southwest Australia Australia No
Sundaland Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand No
Wallacea East Timor, Indonesia No


Accipiter fasciatus (Brown Goshawk)[4]
Accipiter novaehollandiae (Grey Goshawk)[4]


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Range Map


External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
2Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
5Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
6Marchant, S.; Higgins, PJ (eds.) 1990. The handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic birds, Vol. 1., ratites to ducks. Oxford University Press, Melbourne
7MAJOR, P. (2010). Foraging ecology of the great grebe podicephorus major in Mar Chiquita lagoon (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Ardeola, 57(1), 133-141.
8Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
9Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License