Grey Heron

(Ardea cinerea)(Adult in Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur)

Size(80-100cm): It is a pretty large and handsome wader.

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(adult with crest visible)

Habitat: Lakes, ponds, jheels, marshes, river banks.

Area: All India till about 3900m in Ladakh.

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(adult in Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur)

My two words: Grey heron is ash grey above with long, white neck. There is a black stripe over the eye which continues to become a large crest. The crown and underparts are all white. The iris is yellow.

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(Grey Heron with its long black crest)

They are generally solitary until the breeding time.

The nests are build on high trees where 3-5 bluish green eggs are laid. Both the parents taken to incubate the eggs for about 25-30 days.

One problem is that the juveniles die during their first winter and only a few are able to survive.

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(immature in Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur)

The diet mainly comprises of fish, crustaceans and other molluscs.

~Arjun Basandrai

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