A very large dark grey-brown heron with a heavy, mostly dark bill, yellow facial skin and a short crest; eye silvery-brown, legs grey. Immature: more rufous; no crest or plumes.
Diurnal, Birds seem to pair permanently and hold a foraging territory of riverfront. Shy and difficult to approach, rests in trees, feeds at low tide along mangrove-lined waterways and mudbanks.
Coastal Wetlands, Mangroves; mud flats; estuaries; floodplains; lagoons; rivers of Northern Australia.
Breeds throughout year depending on food. 2; light bluish green, nest of coarse stisks in mangrove trees. Incubation by both sexes.
Kakadu National Park
Carnivore, Crabs and marine invertebrates; catfish.
|| Great-billed Heron
|| Ardea sumatrana
|| Least Concern
|| 1 - 1.5 m.
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