Herons are predatory wading birds that live in North America, Africa and Europe. They feed on fish, frogs, insects and other small animals. These birds are known to hunt in a group called a “siege,” where they will wait for their prey to come near the shoreline, and then they will all swoop down at once.
Where To Find Heron
Herons are migratory birds that live all over the world. They are particularly fond of swamps and marshes because they provide an abundance of food. Herons typically build a nest in trees or bushes near the water and can fly up to fifteen miles at a time to find prey.
What They Eat
You will find heron near the water’s edge. Herons eat fish, frogs, small mammals, and insects.
Facts and Types
Herons are long-legged wading birds in the family Ardeidae. They are rare, secretive and elusive creatures- beautiful but mysterious. One of the most distinctive features of herons is their long, slender necks. Herons have three main types: Green Heron, Black-Crowned Night-Heron and Great Blue Heron. The common species of herons in North America is the Great Blue Heron, which can grow up to four feet tall and has a wingspan of six feet.
Great Blue Herons
The main types of heron you will see in North America are great blue herons. It is also known as the large blue. It has a wingspan ranging from 94 to 123cm with a weight of 2.5 to 5kg.
They have feathers on their neck and a tuft on their head which is white at the front and black at the back, and they have black legs and feet with yellow feet. You can find them in streams, rivers, lakes, marshes, ponds, etc.
Great blue herons usually nest in trees close to the water for several reasons. They can fly down into the water to get food or feed their young. They protect their nest location from predators.