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The herons are wading birds in the Ardeidae family. There are 64 recognised species in this family. Some are called egrets or bitterns instead of herons.


Overview of the Heron

Overview of the Heron

There are 64 species in the heron family. However, not all are called herons - some are called egrets or bitterns. Herons commonly stand with their neck bent into an S shape, which is unusual for birds. They also fly with their legs trailing loosely and the head held back against their body. This is also unlike most birds, who stretch their neck out in front of them as they fly.

Herons are very versatile and diverse, and exist on all continents except Antarctica. They live in nearly all habitats except the Arctic, high mountains and very dry deserts. Nearly all species are associated with water. However, they do not swim. They are waterbirds that feed on prey in lakes, ponds, rivers, swamps, and the ocean. Their diet consists of many aquatic animals like amphibians, crustaceans, fish, insects, mollusks and reptiles.

The herons are a very mobile family, with nearly all species being at least partially migratory. Their nests are usually found near or above water. While the family exhibits a range of breeding strategies, overall herons are monogamous.

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