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 133 videos
Walking along the river edge Locality Nam Sang Wai, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Bob Thompson 19 October 2011 1 year ago 42 sec 4.6
A closeup from a bird perched. Locality Groote Keten, North Holland Province, Netherlands (ssp cinerea)
Yoel Jimenez 11 June 2011 2 years ago 51 sec 4.5
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 5 years ago 46 sec 4.4
Stalking along the river Locality Nam Sang Wai, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Bob Thompson 15 September 2012 47 weeks ago 34 sec 4.4
Capturing frogs Locality Les Marais d'Harchies, Hainaut Province, Belgium
Pascal Vagner 9 June 2013 11 weeks ago 1 min 2 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 49 weeks ago 21 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 290 photos
Locality Tilburg, North Brabant Province, Netherlands
Paul Cools 3 April 2008 1 year ago 4.6
Carries a Viperine snake just captured.
Locality Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp cinerea)
Fran Trabalon 6 June 2011 1 year ago 4.6
Locality Moselle, Lorraine, France
Didier Collin 7 March 2006 4 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.5
Fishing under rain
Locality Yala (Ruhunu) National Park , Sri Lanka (ssp cinerea)
Guy Poisson 12 January 2011 2 years ago 4.5
Locality Vila Franca de Xira, Lisbon Region, Portugal
José Frade 4 June 2013 15 weeks ago 4.4
Locality Beit She'an Valley, Israel (ssp cinerea)
Lior Kislev 8 December 2010 2 years ago 4.4
SoundsSee all 10 recordings
Calls Locality Antwerp Province, Belgium
Laurent Demongin 15 April 2010 3 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