Herons (Ardeidae)

White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) - HBW 1, p. 411

French: Héron à face blanche German: Weißwangenreiher Spanish: Garceta Cariblanca
Other common names: Blue Crane

Taxonomy: Ardea novae Hollandiae Latham, 1790, New South Wales.
Formerly placed in genus Notophoyx, often alongside E. picata; may be close to Ardea. Validity of race parryi uncertain; birds of New Caledonia sometimes placed in separate race nana. Two subspecies usually recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • novaehollandiae (Latham, 1790) - New Zealand, Australia, S New Guinea, New Caledonia and S Indonesia; probably in process of colonizing Christmas I (Indian Ocean).
  • parryi (Mathews, 1912) - NW Australia.