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Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea


Patrik Åberg, Xeno-canto


Key information: The Grey Heron is an unmistakable large grey bird. It has very long legs, a long thin neck and a long bill. It can be seen at wetlands or along embankments, standing still for hours on end. During migration, it can also be seen flying along the coast or resting on coastal rocks. Like other herons and egrets, it flies with its neck curved in the shape of the letter ‘S’.

Length: 84 – 102 cm

Habitat: Wetlands

When they can be seen: All year round

What they eat: Fish and other aquatic organisms

In Cyprus: Can be seen at wetlands such as Oroklini Lake, Akrotiri Marsh and Athalassa Park.

Status: Passage migrant

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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