French: Héron cendré German: Graureiher Spanish: Garza real
Europe; restricted to Sweden
Subspecies and Distribution
A. c. cinerea
Linnaeus, 1758 – Grey Heron – most of Palearctic, and thinly through Africa, India and Sri Lanka.
A. c. jouyi
A. H. Clark, 1907 – much of China (except NW), Russian Far East and Japan S to N Myanmar, Indochina, Greater Sundas and W Lesser Sundas; more widespread in winter in SE Asia, also in Philippines.
A. c. firasa
E. J. O. Hartert, 1917 – Madagascar.
A. c. monicae
Jouanin & Roux, 1963 – Mauritanian Heron – islands off Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania.
90–98 cm; 1020–2073 g; wingspan 175–195 cm. Forehead, crown and throat white, with broad black eyestripe from above eye to back of crown and extending as... read more
Comparatively vocal member of the Ardeidae: most distinctive and commonest vocalization is a loud,... read more
Very variable; any kind of shallow water, fresh, brackish or salt, standing or flowing, provided... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly fish, but diet varies with habitat and season, and species is considered highly opportunistic (e.g. observed taking locusts ... read more
Jan–Jun in Palearctic (e.g. Switzerland), typically starting in Feb–Mar, even as far N as British Isles, whereas in China birds... read more
Populations of extreme N migratory, further S tend to be sedentary or dispersive; marked post-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). In Europe heavily persecuted in past (see Family Text) and population reached nadir during mid-20th century; since then, has... read more
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