Story: Herons

White-faced herons with chicks (1st of 2)

White-faced herons with chicks

The peak breeding season for white-faced herons is October, when up to five eggs are laid. However, sibling rivalry is intense, and generally only the two strongest chicks survive beyond the first 10 days.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Herons - Other herons', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 October 2021)

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