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Grey Heron

(Ardea cinerea)
German name(s): "Graureiher"
Size: 84-102 cm; wing span 1.55-1.75 m
Weight: 1.0-2.1 kg

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Grey Heron at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "cinerea"

ADULT

Distant lateral view of a Grey Heron in breeding plumage; note the white forehead and the (faintly visible) nuchal plumes (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, June 2016]

Lateral view of a Grey Heron in breeding plumage hunting in a meadow (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Rüdesheim, Rheinhessen, Germany, October 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Grey Heron in breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, June 2016]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a second-winter Grey Heron
[River Lahn, near Bad Kreuznach, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, June 2010]

Distant lateral view of a juvenile(?) Grey Heron in flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Oristano, western Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Behaviour

Grey Herons can often be seen standing in slow-moving water, or wading upstream while looking for fish in the water (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Grey Herons also hunt from hiding places between tall reeds (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Food, Diet

All egrets and herons prey on aquatic creatures in fresh water or estuaries (fish, frogs, snakes or crustaceans).

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