Background

Herons are long legged piscivores/fish-eaters. A patient hunter, the Heron is commonly found standing still in or at the side of shallow water bodies, waiting to ambush their prey. The Grey Heron, is distinguished from other herons by their grey flanks, and black and white patterning along the neck, head and breast of the body.

Habitat

This particular species of heron has a wide geographic distribution from Europe and Southern Africa to far east Asia. They are found near most shallow water bodies.

Diet

The main diet of this species primarily revolves around fish. However as an opportunistic hunter they have been known to eat rodents, like voles and rats, amphibians and even small ducklings.

Predators & Threats

The most common predators of grey herons are; minkes, foxes raccoons and weasels. This predation is generally localised around the chicks and eggs.

Facts

  • In the event of a food shortage, old chicks may eat younger chicks or eggs.
  • Some herons exhibit migrations, however some, even in the same geographic location, do not.
  • They are solitary birds, however flock together during breeding season.

 

Common Name(s)Scientific Name
Grey HeronArdea cinerea
Size
 90 – 100 cm
Lifespan
 15 years

Best Time to Look

All year round.

Where to find Grey Heron