Gray Heron


Also found in: Dictionary.
Related to Gray Heron: Grey Heron
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Gray Heron

 

(Ardea cinerea), a bird of the order Ciconiiformes. The body length is about 1 m. The neck and legs are long. The bill reaches 13 cm in length. The back and sides are gray, and the underparts are white. The neck has black spots, and there is a narrow black crest on the head. The gray heron is distributed in Europe, Africa, and Asia. In the USSR it is found in the north, below Leningrad, Tomsk, and Yakutsk. It is a migratory bird; in the USSR it winters in Transcaucasia and Middle Asia. The bird keeps to the shores of bodies of water and nests in colonies in trees, sometimes with other species of birds. The gray heron feeds on small fish, frogs, rodents, and insects. It sometimes harms fish farms by killing the fry.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Gray heron are found among the shaded wood in the city of Turin.
The January census showed 14 migratory species, including the little egret, intermediate egret, great egret, gray heron, common teal, northern shoveler, tufted duck, common kingfisher, common sandpiper, wood sandpiper, northern pintail, garganey, whiskered tern and the eagle-like eastern marsh harrier.