OneTravel Animal of the Week: The Grey Heron

OneTravel Animal of the Week: The Grey HeronThis majestic, solitary heron is a sight to behold. Keep an eye out for the grey-plumaged beauty when traversing the warmer parts of Europe –and even Amsterdam!

 

Natural habitat: temperate Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa (favor lakes, rivers, and wetlands)


Protection status:
Secure


Population: estimates range from 790,000-3,700,000 globally


Size: the largest heron in Europe, with a body length generally ranging from 84 to 102 cm


Life span:
5 years


Diet: fish, amphibians, small mammals, insects and reptiles


Personality: Who needs friends? Not these birds! Grey herons need their alone time…and a lot of it at that.

 
Fun fact: The grey heron can stand as still as a statue –and it’s often mistaken for one. Humans can find it difficult to tell one apart from a plastic model typically placed near garden ponds.

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