Friday, February 27, 2009

Grey Heron

A large wading bird, the grey heron is found across Asia. It has a white head and a bright pinkish yellow beak. Feeds in shallow water and lives on fish and frogs. Their flight is slow with necks retracted into the body. The call is a load croaking that sound like 'phraaank'.

The birds breed in colonies on trees next to lakes and wetlands.
Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea
There are four subspecies:
Ardea cinerea cinerea
Linnaeus, 1758. Europe, Africa, western Asia
Ardea cinerea jouyi Clark, 1907. Eastern Asia
Ardea cinerea firasa Hartert, 1917.
Madagascar
Ardea cinerea monicae Jouanin & Roux, 1963. Islands off
Banc d'Arguin, Mauritania.

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