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 158 videos
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 6 years ago 46 sec 4.8
Walking along the river edge Locality Nam Sang Wai, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Bob Thompson 19 October 2011 2 years ago 42 sec 4.7
Grey Heron young bird looking for food and preening Locality Oasi di Torrile, Torrile, Parma Province, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy (ssp cinerea)
Pierandrea Brichetti 2 July 2012 28 weeks ago 46 sec 4.6
A pair interacting and flying together to the nest, one member carrying nesting material (calling). Locality Masies de Voltregà, Barcelona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp cinerea)
Josep del Hoyo 22 February 2014 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 1 min 14 sec 4.4
Stalking along the river Locality Nam Sang Wai, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Bob Thompson 15 September 2012 1 year ago 34 sec 4.4
Capturing frogs Locality Les Marais d'Harchies, Hainaut Province, Belgium
Pascal Vagner 9 June 2013 49 weeks ago 1 min 2 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 372 photos
Carries a Viperine snake just captured.
Locality Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp cinerea)
Fran Trabalon 6 June 2011 1 year ago 4.7
The picture was a real technical and ethological challenge, a product of several years's preparation, 74 nights spent in a hide,
Locality Kiskunság National Park, Bács-Kiskun County, Hungary (ssp cinerea)
Bence Mate 15 July 2013 12 weeks ago 4.5
A bird standing on a dune
Locality Walvis Bay, Erongo Region, Namibia
Krzysztof Blachowiak 15 February 2014 23 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Tilburg, North Brabant Province, Netherlands
Paul Cools 3 April 2008 1 year ago 4.5
Fishing under rain
Locality Yala (Ruhunu) National Park , Sri Lanka (ssp cinerea)
Guy Poisson 12 January 2011 3 years ago 4.4
2 birds flying under the snow.
Locality Hungary (ssp cinerea)
Csaba Alfonz Ribényi 15 January 2014 11 weeks ago 4.4
SoundsSee all 11 recordings
Calls Locality Antwerp Province, Belgium
Laurent Demongin 15 April 2010 4 years ago 4.7
Calls from a heronry with nearly fully fledged young. Locality Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 1 August 2002 5 years ago 4.5
Calling on the wing Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 April 1983 4 years ago 4
Alarm calls and taking off. Locality Masies de Voltregà, Barcelona Province, Catalonia, Spain
Josep del Hoyo 22 February 2014 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 3.5
Calls of an individual in flight. Locality Chambal Safari Boating Platform, Chambal River, Rajasthan, India
Josep del Hoyo 27 February 2011 2 years ago 3.5
Calls by one bird flying. Locality Nawa Talao Lake, Surendranagar District, Gujarat, India
Josep del Hoyo 18 February 2011 2 years ago 3