Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

What do they look like?

The grey heron is a large bird with an upright posture. As the name suggests, they are predominantly grey in colour with a white head and a black stripe from the bill to the back of the head. They have a long neck, bill, and legs. In flight they appear almost prehistoric with their neck tucked in to keep themselves streamlined.

When can I see them in Scotland?

All year

Where can I see them in Scotland?

Grey Herons can be seen all over Scotland. They are often seen standing like statues at the edges of rivers, canals, lakes and even garden ponds to catch fish. They will also eat ducklings, amphibians and small mammals.

Conservation Status:

In the UK, bird species with breeding, passage or wintering populations are assessed by experts and assigned to the Red, Amber or Green lists of conservation concern. Grey Herons are currently a ‘Green’ listed species.

185 cm
27 days
50-55 days
5 years
Average lifespan