Indian heron belongs is a member of the large wading bird family, known as Ardeidae. It is found mostly inhabiting the tropical and sub tropical areas. However, heron birds of India can also be seen in temperate areas. There is one major characteristic that distinguishes herons from the other birds. Unlike other birds, when they fly, their necks get folded back on their shoulders.
Most of the time, the herons of India come across as a solitary
creature, hunting and feeding alone. Nevertheless, they can be found
roosting and nesting in large colonies, known as heronries. In the
following lines, we have provided information on the various subspecies
of the Heron bird, found in India:
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.
Night heron belongs to the Nycticorax and Gorsachius genera. It is a
medium sized bird, which is mainly found in the tropical regions of the
Indian subcontinent. The name 'Night Heron' is derived on the basis of
the fact that these birds prefer to catch their prey during night. More.
Pond herons are one of the most commonly found species of the Indian
subcontinent. Docile by nature, they can be seen in their natural
habitat as well as on the outskirts of villages. The first description
related to the Pond heron bird was given in the year 1832, by Colonel W.
H. Sykes. The bird belongs to the Old World species and is
scientifically known as Ardeola grayii. More.