Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

84 – 102 cm

155 – 175 cm

minor concern

wetlands, wetlands and marshes

fish, amphibians, reptiles, chicks, other birds, mammals, crustaceans, molluscs and worms


It belongs to the ardeid family and, surprisingly, these birds are the ones that cause the most injuries to scholars because they have a very long neck and often attack anything that shine (eyes and teeth being popular targets).

The etymology of the word could come from a tool with the same name, a kind of hook that is used to catch ropes in wells.