Grey Heron

About the Grey Heron

The Grey Heron is a common heron that can be found throughout temperate Europe, Asia and parts of Africa. It is very similar to the North American Great Blue Heron, except this one is slightly smaller and has mostly grey plumage.

This bird feeds in shallow water, catching fish, frogs and insects.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 29 January 2010
Scientific Name
Ardea cinerea
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Ardea
  • A. cinerea
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 18 November 2018)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
35 to 39 inches
69 to 77 inches
53 ounces


International Names

Brazilian Garça-real-européia
Czech Volavka Popelavá
Danish Fiskehejre
Dutch Blauwe Reiger
Finnish Harmaahaikara
French Héron Cendré
German Graureiher
Italian Airone Cenerino
Japanese アオサギ (Aosagi)
Korean 왜가리
Norwegian Fiskeheire
Polish Czapla Siwa
Russian Серая цапля
Spanish Garza Real
Swedish Gråhäger
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