Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Herons, Egrets and Bitterns :: Gray Heron
Gray Heron Ardea cinerea
Described by: Linnaeus (1758)
Alternate common name(s): Grey Heron, Mauritanian Heron
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors
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RangePalearctic and Oriental Regions; S. Africa and Madagascar;
Two main populations;
(1) Ireland, England, Scotland, Outer Hebrides, coastal Norway, s. Sweden, s. Finland e. through Hungary (Hortobagy National Park) and c. Russia to nw. China (Sinkiang) and c. Siberia (Lena River to n. Sakhalin Is.), s. to Canary Is., Portugal, Spain, s. France, n. Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt (Nile Delta), Red Sea, s. and e. Africa e. to Iraq, n. Iran, e. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Maldive Is., Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Andaman Is. Breeding has been confirmed in Africa s. of the Sahara in Senegambia, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Ghana, s. Nigeria, Mali, Niger, Sudan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa with most breeding colonies in s. Africa n. to the Equator. Occurs as a non-breeding visitor in Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Togo, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Congo, Zaire and Mozambique.
Disperses to coastal Morocco, Algeria, Tunsia, Africa s. of the Sahara to the Equator.
(2) Japan, Korea, e. China, Hainan, Taiwan, Philippines, Indochina, Thailand, n. Burma, Malaya, Sumatra, Linngga Archipelago, Java, Bali and Lesser Sundas. Borneo?
(3) Madagascar and Aldabra.
(4) Mauritana (Banc d'Arguin).
Yatsu Higata Nature Observation Center, Chiba, Japan - Aug 5, 2001 Source: William Hull
Location unknown - Date unknown Source: Massaciuccolis Oasis
Location unknown - Date unknown Source: Biological Research Information Center, BRIC of Korea
Location unknown - Date unknown Source: ETI BioInformatics
Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.
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