Great-billed Heron

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Great-billed Heron
Adult in Palawan, Philippines
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ardea
Species: A. sumatrana
Binomial name
Ardea sumatrana
Raffles, 1822

The Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana) is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, resident from southeast Asia to Papua New Guinea and Australia. Its habitats are largely coastal such as islands, coral reefs, mangroves, large rivers. However, occasionally, it can be found inland in shallow ponds.

It feeds in shallow water, spearing fish with its long, sharp bill. It will wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.