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Breeding: the facial skin is edged in black, the outer wing plumes are tipped black and there are long breast feathers.
Shallows of freshwater wetlands, dams, lagoons and swamps, and sometimes in dry pastures, but rarely uses saltwater wetlands.
The diet includes aquatic insects and larvae.
Colonial nester, joining other water birds, such as Ibis and Royal Spoonbill. The nest is placed high in the fork of trees over water, or in amongst reed beds. It is a shallow, unlined platform of sticks, rushes and reeds. The female builds the nest from materials supplied by the male. Both sexes share incubation and care of the young.
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