The white-faced heron is commonly seen in Australia. They are found throughout the mainland of Tasmania and most coastal islands. They commonly occur in Indonesia, New Guinea, New Caledonia and New Zealand.
The white-faced heron can be found anywhere where there is water, from tidal mudflats and coastal reefs to moist grasslands and gardens.
They feed on a variety of prey, including fish, insects, and amphibians.
They breed in response to rainfall and both parents build their nest, incubate their eggs and care for their young.