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Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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

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2 Comments

luiselye
luiselye 9 years ago

Obrigado pelo comentário animaisfotos...

animaisfotos
animaisfotos 9 years ago

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

luiselye
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luiselye

Portugal

Spotted on Sep 23, 2009
Submitted on Feb 22, 2011

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