Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Grey heron (Ardea cinerea)

grey heron
Grey Heron

 















Grey heron (Ardea cinerea)

The grey heron (Ardea cinerea) is a long-legged predatory wading bird of the heron family, Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but some populations from the more northern parts migrate southwards in autumn. A bird of wetland areas, it can be seen around lakes, rivers, ponds, marshes and on the sea coast. It feeds mostly on aquatic creatures which it catches after standing stationary beside or in the water or stalking its prey through the shallows.

Grey Herons have pale grey upperparts and greyish white underparts. Their heads are mainly white, except for a black stripe extending from above their eyes to the back of their necks, where some of their feathers are elongated to form a crest. Adults in breeding plumage may have pinkish colouring on the sides of their necks, and a few rows of dark streaks on their necks and chests. Grey Herons have yellow or yellowish orange beaks, dull brown legs and yellow irises.Immature Grey Herons generally resemble adults, but have more grey colouring on their caps and necks (and no pinkish colouring on the neck). Their beaks are more brownish and their irises are white.

Habitat

lakes, rivers, ponds, marshes and on the sea coast.

Diet

Lurks motionlessly in ambush along shores, waiting for fish and small aquatic animals to pass within reach.

Range

Nepal,Bhutan,Bangladesh,India,Sri Lanka and Pakistan


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External Links:Conservation Status:IUCN Red List Page

Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Sources Of Information

Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp, ISBN 0-691-04910-6

Wikipedia