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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Turaco
Great Black-backed Gull

About the Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron is a large wading bird that is common near shores and open water across North and Central America. It can also be found in the West Indies and Galápagos Islands and is a rare visitor to Europe.

It is the largest North American heron. It feeds in shallow water or at the water's edge during both the day and night, but especially around dawn and dusk. Its diet consists of a wide range of shrimps, crabs, insects, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians and small birds.

In Europe, Asia and Africa the Grey Heron is very similar to the Great Blue Heron, but it is slightly smaller and has grey plumage.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 29 January 2010
Scientific Name Ardea herodias
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Ardea
  • A. herodias
Birdorable Family Egrets & Other Waders
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
36 to 55 inches
66 to 79 inches
64 to 77 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Garça-azul-grande (Brazilian)
  • Volavka Velká (Czech)
  • Stor Blåhejre (Danish)
  • Amerikaanse Blauwe Reiger (Dutch)
  • Amerikanharmaahaikara (Finnish)
  • Grand Héron (French)
  • Kanadareiher (German)
  • Airone Azzurro Maggiore (Italian)
  • オオアオサギ (Ooaosagi) (Japanese)
  • Herodiashegre (Norwegian)
  • Czapla Modra (Polish)
  • Цапля большая голубая (Russian)
  • Garza Azulada (Spanish)
  • Amerikansk gråhäger (Swedish)

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