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 138 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
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 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 46 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 1 year ago 34 sec 4.4
Capturing frogs Locality Les Marais d'Harchies, Hainaut Province, Belgium
Pascal Vagner 9 June 2013 24 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 313 photos
Carries a Viperine snake just captured.
Locality Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp cinerea)
Fran Trabalon 6 June 2011 1 year ago 4.6
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Locality Chablais de Cudrefin and Fanel Reserves, Switzerland
Jacques Erard 1 February 2009 8 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
Locality Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia
Tomas Grim 9 June 2013 1 week ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.3
An adult bird on flight
Locality Ceceda, Nava, Asturias, Spain (ssp cinerea)
Luis Mario Arce 8 December 2013 10 weeks ago 4.3
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