Facts about herons

The heron is a very recognizable bird, and it is almost impossible to confuse it with some other one. Long straight beak, no less long, bizarrely curved neck, shinny legs … The heron often appears in folk tales and other forms of creativity, usually acting as a positive character.

  • There are more than 60 species of these birds in the world.
  • The largest herons in height reach one and a half meters, and the smallest ones do not exceed half a meter.
  • Herons live around the world, and they are not only on all continents, except Antarctica, but also on a multitude of islands.
  • The heron lays not more than seven eggs a year.
  • The most famous heron-long-lived lived 25 years.
  • Herons stand in the water on one leg for a reason, but because the water is usually cold. Thus the heron heats the legs in turn, one after another.
  • On one leg the heron can stand still for several hours.
  • Most heron species feed on amphibians and reptiles, but some do not disdain and animals like moles and mice, and even other birds, for example, gulls.
  • Egret herons are not round, and they are not alike in chicken either – they are usually pointed at both ends.
  • Poo herons as it grows, crumbles and turns into a powder covering its feathers with a uniform layer and protecting them from wetting.
  • Unlike most other birds, the heron does not stretch its neck forward when flying, but, on the contrary, draws it into itself.
  • The construction of the nest is always done by the female, but the male is getting the building materials.