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Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea


The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae. It is a large bird, standing 90–100 cm tall, with a 175–195 cm wingspan and a weight of 1–2 kg. Its plumage is largely grey above, and off-white below. Adults have a white head with a broad black supercilium and slender crest, while immatures have a dull grey head. It has a powerful, pinkish-yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults. It has a slow flight, with its long neck retracted (S-shaped). This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks.


Native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa.


This one was refreshing from a very hot day on top of a ruined house.

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luiselye 10 years ago

Obrigado pelo comentário animaisfotos...

animaisfotos 10 years ago

Interesting posture. Didn't know they could get so close to "civilization". <<mesmo aqui ao lado :-) Grato pela partilha>> Thanks for sharing.

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