A range of teacher professional learning programs will be developed to accompany the Biodiversity of the Western Volcanic Plains online outreach...
Breeding season is from July to December in southern parts of Australiia. Often breeds throughout the year after heavy rain. Breeding occurs in colonies with other species including Australian Ibis, egrets and spoonbills. Builds a large, rough platform on dense reed beds. Three to five dull, off-white eggs are laid. Both sexes incubate and feed the young. Incubation period lasts 20-25 days. Young fly at 30-40 days.
Straw-like neck feathers.
Carnivore. Terrestrial invertebrates including grasshoppers and locusts, also frogs, small reptiles and mammals.
Grassland, wet or dry. Often found on cultivated and irrigated pasture. Shallow wetlands. Rarely arid or marine environments.
Native to Australia
Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
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The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.
The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.