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01 He aha tērā? White-Faced Heron

Large grey bird with white face walks along a narrow branch.
Miraz Jordan

You step outside one day to see a bird like this on your roof. He aha tērā? What is that?

Large grey bird with white face.

Answer: it’s a White-Faced Heron or Matuku Moana

Identification: Length: 67 cm; Weight: 550 g

Similar species: Reef heron, Pacific heron

A medium-sized blue-grey heron with white face, long dark grey bill, and pale yellow legs. In flight the open wings show a marked contrast between the pale grey fore-wing and dark grey main flight feathers on both the upper and lower surfaces.

This item was updated on Tuesday 22 March 2022

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