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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


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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Race "cinerea"


Sex unknown

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


Close-up lateral portrait of a juvenile Grey Heron
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

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

Lateral view of a juvenile Grey Heron going about its normal business of hunting in a shallow pond
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Juvenile 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]

Lateral view of a juvenile Grey Heron in flight
[Qurm, December 2009]

Food, Diet

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


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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Contact call © DW
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Contact calls © DW
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(Begging calls+) contact call © JP
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Alarm call © JP
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Various, incl. begging chicks (+ House Sparrows) © JP

More Grey Heron sound recordings are available at .

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