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 145 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 22 weeks ago 46 sec 4.6
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 43 weeks ago 1 min 2 sec 4.4
A view of a juvenile standing and looking around Locality Gressholmen Island, Oslo Fjord, Oslo & Akershus, Norway (ssp cinerea)
Eric Roualet 6 October 2013 34 weeks ago 14 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 363 photos
Carries a Viperine snake just captured.
Locality Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp cinerea)
Fran Trabalon 6 June 2011 1 year ago 4.7
Locality Hungary (ssp cinerea)
István Krizák 15 November 2012 5 days ago ADDED LAST WEEK 4.5
2 birds flying under the snow.
Locality Hungary (ssp cinerea)
Csaba Alfonz Ribényi 15 January 2014 6 weeks ago 4.5
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 7 weeks ago 4.5
A bird standing on a dune
Locality Walvis Bay, Erongo Region, Namibia
Krzysztof Blachowiak 15 February 2014 18 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Tilburg, North Brabant Province, Netherlands
Paul Cools 3 April 2008 1 year ago 4.5
SoundsSee all 10 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
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
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 2 years ago 3