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 141 videos
Walking along the river edge Locality Nam Sang Wai, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Bob Thompson 19 October 2011 1 year ago 42 sec 4.7
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 9 weeks ago 46 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 5 years ago 46 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 31 weeks ago 1 min 2 sec 4.4
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 4.3
PhotosSee all 320 photos
Carries a Viperine snake just captured.
Locality Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp cinerea)
Fran Trabalon 6 June 2011 1 year ago 4.6
heron sitting in the tree and basks
Locality Hani, Bern Canton, Switzerland
MariAndy 12 January 2014 14 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
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Locality Chablais de Cudrefin and Fanel Reserves, Switzerland
Jacques Erard 1 February 2009 14 weeks ago 4.4
Grey Heron colony of 73 nests containing nestlings on a very old plane tree; on this tree are also some other species breeding.
Locality Lake Koronia, Central Macedonia Region, Greece (ssp cinerea)
Pierandrea Brichetti 27 April 1982 17 weeks 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 5 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