Kenya Birds

Grey Heron


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Grey Heron

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Ardea cinerea

Other Names

    French Héron cendré   German Graureiher   Spanish Garza Real   Swedish Grå häger   Dutch Blauwe Reiger   Italian Airone cenerino

World: Widespread through Palearctic, southern Asia and Indonesia from the Outer Hebrides through to Taiwan also across most of the African continent.

Kenya: Widespread, occurring just about anywhere there is water, including the seashore. Also found on dry grassland. Absent only from the arid northern desert regions.

A large, conspicuous heron which is generally solitary except when breeding. The adult is easily distinguished from other species by its white crown and yellow bill, tarsi and eye (which become a deep orange colour during courtship).

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