Grey heron with a fish (c) Daz / SWAN MAN

Grey heron

Grey herons are large, striking birds often spotted standing motionless at the water's edge. Having found a suitable location, herons stand and wait patiently for the right moment to stab passing prey with their dagger-like beaks. They also wade through shallow water searching for small fish and amphibians. Herons fly with their head drawn back and feet trailing behind. The wing beats are slow and their curved wings form an m-shape.

Scientific name: Ardea cinerea

Rank: Species

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Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Grey heron taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Grey heron can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, China, Europe, Indian subcontinent, Madagascar, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales, Ynys-hir nature reserve. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

Habitats

The following habitats are found across the Grey heron distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Behaviours

Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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