Grey heron, scientifically known as Ardea cinerea, is a bird belonging to Indian heron family. It is very strongly related to the American Great Blue Heron as well as Australian White-faced Heron. Infact, many people misunderstand the Australian White-faced Heron as the Grey Heron.
Gray Heron bird of India has a white head, along with a broad black
supercilium and slender crest. The young ones, on the other hand, have a
dull gray head. Adult Grey herons stand at a height of 90 to 100 cm,
with the wingspan being 175 to 195 cm. Their weight is somewhere around
1 kg to 2 kg. The upper half of plumage is gray, while the lower half is
off-white in color. The bill is of a pinkish-yellow color and the color
becomes brighter in case of breeding adults. The neck of Grey herons is
long and has an S-shape.
Grey Herons are found occupying temperate Europe and Asia and parts of
Africa. One can also find the bird inhabiting milder south and west
regions. However, most such birds migrate from the colder regions in
Gray heron bird of India breeds in colonies, trees close to lakes,
seashore or other wetlands. For breeding purpose, it builds a large
The diet of Grey Heron comprises of fish and frogs, which it catches in
shallow water. It also consumes small mammals and birds.
Subspecies of Gray Heron