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Grey Heron

(Ardea cinerea)
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

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "cinerea"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Lateral view of an adult Grey Heron on a mudflat
[Quriyyat, May 2010]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of an immature Grey Heron in a palm tree
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

The same Grey Heron as above, going about its normal business of hunting in a shallow pond
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Portrait of the same Grey Heron as above
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Immature Grey Heron in flight
[Qurm, December 2009]

Immature Grey Heron (right) and dark phase Western Reef Heron (left) next to each other, giving a direct estimate of the relative sizes of both species
[Qurm, December 2009]

Food, Diet

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

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

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(Ctl Portugal)
Contact call(?) © JP
gheron_jp_20190608_1.m4a cinerea
(Ctl Portugal)
Alarm call(?) © JP
gheron_jp_20190608_3.m4a cinerea
(Ctl Portugal)
Various, incl. begging chicks (+ House Sparrows) © JP

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