Herons are freshwater and coastal birds.The term
heron is used to refer to the birds that include
the bittern and the egret. There are more 60 species
of birds that are considered herons.
Other Names: Egret, Great White Egret,
Common Egret, Great Heron, Great White Heron,
Great Blue Heron, Blue Heron, White Heron, Bitterns,
Heron in Foreign Languages:
Greek: erodiós / ardea / tsiknias
Hungarian: gém / kócsag
Indonesian: kuntul / kowak / cangak
Japanese: sagi / shirasagi
Korean: waegari / haeOragi / baegro/
Latin: ardea / ardeola
Low Saxon: Reier / Reiger
Macedonian: siva capja
Norwegian: hegre / heire
Old English: hragra
Old French: hairon / heiron
Old High German: heigaro / reigaro
Romani: kokosturko m, kokosturka
Sardinian: perdigiorronadas / mengoni
/ menga / garza
Upper Sorbian: capla
West Flemish: reiger
West Frisian: reager
Conservation Status: Varies
Size: Herons have a wings span of 60 - 77 inches.
Herons are 34 - 55 inches tall and weigh 3.3 lbs - 6.6
lbs. The smallest species of the heron is the Little
Bittern, which measures 12 inches tall. The largest
species of the heron is the Goliath Heron, which stand
up to 60 inches tall.
Habitat: Herons are widely distributed and
found on all continents except Antarctica. However herons
are most commonly found in the tropics. Herons nest
in roughly constructed platforms of sticks in bushes
or trees near the water. Nearly all species of herons
are found near water, they are essentially non-swimming
waterbirds. Herons feed on the margins of lakes, rivers,
swamps, ponds and the sea.
Description: Herons have broad wings, with long
straight pointed bills. Herons have long legs and long
necks. When standing they resemble an "S"
Diet: Herons are carnivores. Herons feed wade
in water ways and feed on frogs, fishes, and other aquatic
Life Span: Herons live for up to 25 years.
Did You Know?
Herons have very few natural predators.
Foxes, raccoons, minks and weasels are
the herons most common predators preying
on young herons or the heron's eggs.
Birth: Herons will typically lay between three
to seven eggs. The eggs typically hatch after about
Social Structure: Most species of heron are
monogamous and mostly found in colonies.