Grey Heron Bird Information


Grey Heron Bird is a large, grey and white with a long neck and dagger-like yellow bill. Grey heron Flies with orange-yellow legs trailing behind and neck tucked into shoulders. Greyback: wings deeply bowed in flight. White head, neck and underparts: black crest and black streaking on neck. Frequents all wetlands. Grey Heron Bird Nests colonially in heronries among tall trees; many have been used for than a century.

Status: widespread resident throughout Britain and Ireland; population reduced by hard winters.
Similar Species: rare Purple Heron could possibly be confused.

Grey Heron Bird Facts

Size90-100 cm (35-39 in)
Habitatfreshwater margins and marshes
Behaviorwades, walks, takes off and lands on the ground
Flightlabored; glides; direct
Voiceharsh snark

Bird Identification

Crownwhite; crest
Tailwhite; short and square
Billblack, tipped yellow; large and spatulate
Legsblack; very long
Ad.winterno crest or neck wash
Juvenileas winter but black wingtips and pink bill

Breeding and Nesting

Nestplatform of reeds and twigs in tree or bush
Eggs4; spotted reddish
Incubation21 days
Younghelpless; downy
Fledging7 weeks
Broods1; April-May
FoodInsects, crustaceans, molluscs, fish
Populationscare passage migrant

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