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 163 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 44 weeks ago 46 sec 4.6
Juveniles at nest begging for food from adult which refuses (at Panic bird hide) Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Ghislain Gosse 24 October 2014 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 35 sec 4.5
Preening and eating a Dragonfly! Canyamel, Mallorca. Locality Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Juan José Bazán Hiraldo 18 November 2014 4 weeks ago 18 sec 4.5
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 20 weeks ago 1 min 14 sec 4.4
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bird resting on the lake
Locality Blato, City of Zagreb, Croatia (ssp cinerea)
spiljar 17 August 2011 54 min ago ADDED TODAY! 5
Carries a Viperine snake just captured.
Locality Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp cinerea)
Fran Trabalon 6 June 2011 2 years ago 4.7
Locality Zaymishche, Klintsy, Bryansk Oblast, Western Russia, Russia
Sergey Shursha 7 July 2014 4 weeks ago 4.5
A bird takes off
Locality Ullasundet, More og Romsdal County, Norway
Hans Petter Kristoffersen 30 June 2014 11 weeks ago 4.5
heron sitting in the tree and basks
Locality Hani, Bern Canton, Switzerland
MariAndy 12 January 2014 49 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Tilburg, North Brabant Province, Netherlands
Paul Cools 3 April 2008 2 years 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, Highland Council, 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 20 weeks ago 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