Story: Herons

White-faced heron

White-faced heron

The white-faced heron was an occasional visitor to New Zealand in the early 20th century, and eventually began breeding here in the 1940s. Now they are the most numerous and widespread herons in the country. They are found along the coast, and inland around wetlands.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Herons - Other herons', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 October 2023)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015