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Grey Heron

(engl: Grey Heron)

Prey on a spear 

Grey Herons wait ashore motionless or in shallow water for prey. They are characterised by their s-shaped curved neck. If a fish comes close enough, the heron leaps forward with their neck outstretched. They spear their prey with their long beak. This type of fishing is known as "spearfishing". 

Powdered plumage 

Herons have powder down feathers. When rubbed, the dunes fray and produce large amounts of a nourishing powder. As a result, the plumage is greased.   

Graureiher, Foto: Tom Burger
Graureiher, Foto: Tom Burger
Verbreitungsgebiet: Graureiher
Verbreitungsgebiet: Graureiher
Scientific Surname Ardea cinerea
Order Wader
Family Ardeidae
Size till 105 cm
Weight till 2,5 kg
Reproduction breeding period: 26 days, 3-7 eggs
Distribution Eurasia, Africa
Habitat swamps, waters
Food Fish, small vertebrates, Insects
Livestock not endangered