Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) - HBW 1, p. 405
French: Héron cendré
Spanish: Garza Real
Taxonomy: Ardea cinerea Linnaeus, 1758, Europe; restricted to Sweden.
Forms superspecies with A. herodias and A. cocoi. Four subspecies generally recognized. Race monicae recently considered separate species by some authors.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- cinerea Linnaeus, 1758 - most of Palearctic, thinly through Africa, India and Sri Lanka.
- jouyi Clark, 1907 - Japan to N Burma and S to Java.
- firasa Hartert, 1917 - Madagascar.
- monicae Jouanin & Roux, 1963 - islands off Banc d'Arguin, Mauritania.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 112 videos
Walking along the river edge Locality Nam Sang Wai, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Bob Thompson 19 October 2011 45 weeks ago 42 sec 4.7
A closeup from a bird perched. Locality Groote Keten, North Holland Province, Netherlands (ssp cinerea)
Yoel Jimenez 11 June 2011 1 year ago 51 sec 4.6
An adult bird eating Mallard ducklings, ignoring the parents and other protesting ducks Locality Slimbridge Wildlife & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, Great Britain (ssp cinerea)
Joe Angseesing 10 May 2007 4 years ago 46 sec 4.4
Stalking along the river Locality Nam Sang Wai, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Bob Thompson 15 September 2012 19 weeks ago 34 sec 4.4
Bird wading in pond catches and swallows small fish Locality Slimbridge Wildlife & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, Great Britain (ssp cinerea)
Desmond Allen 27 March 2008 20 weeks ago 21 sec 4.3
Young Herons being fed Locality Vienna, Vienna State, Austria (ssp cinerea)
Andreas Gruber 17 April 2011 2 years ago 41 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 247 photos
From different angles
Locality Leighton Moss, Lancashire, England, Great Britain
Alan Debenham 20 May 2013 31 min ago ADDED TODAY! 5
Carries a Viperine snake just captured.
Locality Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp cinerea)
Fran Trabalon 6 June 2011 37 weeks ago 4.6
Fishing under rain
Locality Yala (Ruhunu) National Park , Sri Lanka (ssp cinerea)
Guy Poisson 12 January 2011 2 years ago 4.5
Locality Tilburg, North Brabant Province, Netherlands
Paul Cools 3 April 2008 29 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Beit She'an Valley, Israel (ssp cinerea)
Lior Kislev 8 December 2010 2 years ago 4.3
Nearby resident appears often where River Dargle flows into Bray Harbour
Locality Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland (ssp cinerea)
Brendan Marnell 26 March 2009 2 years ago 4.3
SoundsSee all 10 recordings
Calls Locality Antwerp Province, Belgium
Laurent Demongin 15 April 2010 2 years ago 4.5
Calling on the wing Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 April 1983 3 years ago 4
Calls from a heronry with nearly fully fledged young. Locality Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 1 August 2002 4 years ago 4
Calls of an individual in flight. Locality Chambal Safari Boating Platform, Chambal River, Rajasthan, India
Josep del Hoyo 27 February 2011 1 year ago 3.5
Calls by one bird flying. Locality Nawa Talao Lake, Surendranagar District, Gujarat, India
Josep del Hoyo 18 February 2011 1 year ago 3
A bird calling before taking off (among Common Greenshank call). Locality Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch, Kutch District, Gujarat, India
Josep del Hoyo 17 February 2011 1 year ago 3