Herons and storks

Grey Heron

Mistress of wetlands

The gray heron is a long-legged bird from the heron family. Adult specimens reach a height of up to 1 meter and a weight of 1 to 2 kilograms. They are recognizable by their white head and black stripe that goes from the eye to the crest, gray feathers and pink-yellow beak.

Characteristics

Order:
Ciconiiformes

Family:
Ardeidae

Scientific name:
Ardea cinerea

Habitat:
Forest, grassland, wetlands

Origin:
Europe, Asia, Africa

Current trend:
Unknown

Number of individuals in the world:
500.000-2.500.000

Lifetime:
5-10 years

*Source iucnredlist.org

White Stork

A graceful bird

The white stork is a large bird whose plumage is mostly white, with black wings. Adults have long red legs and sharp red beaks. The white stork is a long-distance migrant, wintering in Africa from tropical sub-Saharan Africa to South Africa, or in the Indian subcontinent.

Characteristics

Order:
Ciconiiformes

Family:
Ciconiidae

Scientific name:
Ciconia ciconia

Habitat:
Wetlands, meadows

Origin:
Europe, Asia, Africa

Current trend:
Increase

Number of individuals in the world:
Unknown

Lifetime:
about 20 years

*Source iucnredlist.org

Black Stork

A bird of great beauty and mystery

The black stork is a large bird with predominantly black plumage, white underparts, long red legs and a long pointed red bill. The black stork is a wary species and is often seen singly or in pairs. It feeds on amphibians, small fish and insects, generally walking slowly in shallow water hunting for its prey.

Characteristics

Order:
Ciconiiformes

Family:
Ciconiidae

Scientific name:
Ciconia nigra

Habitat:
Wetlands, rivers, forest areas

Origin:
Europe, Asia, Africa

Current trend:
Unknown

Number of individuals in the world:
Unknown

Lifetime:
about 20 years

*Source iucnredlist.org

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