Nankeen Night-Heron

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Habitat: Wetland

The Nankeen Night-Heron frequents well-vegetated wetlands, and is found along shallow river margins, mangroves, floodplains, swamps, and parks and gardens.

The Nankeen Night Heron is nomadic in response to rainfall. Drainage of wetlands, and interruption of river flows disrupt the breeding activity of Nankeen Night-Heron. Plants associated with this species include Mangroves, eucalypts, melaleuca.

Nankeen Night-Herons feed at night in shallow water on a wide variety of insects, crustaceans, fish and amphibians.

The Nankeen Night-Heron breeds throughout the year, depending on food availability. Breeding takes place in colonies, often together with egrets and cormorants. The nest is a loose stick platform over water. Both sexes incubate the eggs.