Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Aves
                       Family : Ardeidae
        Scientific Name : Ardeidae

                      Size(H) : 85cm - 140cm 
                                       (34in - 55in)
                Wing Span : 150cm - 195cm 
                                       (60in - 77in)
                       Weight : 1.5kg - 3kg 
                                       (3.3lbs - 6.6lbs)
                 Top Speed : 64km/h (40mph)

                  Life Span : 15 - 20 years
                      Colour : Brown, Black, 
                                        White, Grey
                 Skin Type : Feathers
Distinctive Features : Long thin legs and 
                                     pointed beak
  1. Herons are large birds found in the all around the world except South America and Antarctica.
  2. They inhabit the wetlands near, ponds, lakes and rivers.
  3. Some of them are also known as egrets and bitterns.
  4. There are around 64 species of herons in the world, varying in size and color.
  5. They have long beaks which are pointed, thin, long legs and long necks.
  6. These features help them feed and adapt to their life in the waterside.
  7. Their wings are huge and almost double the size of their body
  8. Herons look very similar to stalks but differ from them in flying with their necks in and not stretching them out.
  9. The Great Blue heron is the largest species of heron growing up to a meter in height.
  10. The Green heron is the smallest species of heron growing to be about only 50cm in height.
  11. They are carnivores mainly feeding on fish, small amphibians and mammals, molluscs, birds, snakes and insects.
  12. Their natural predators are foxes, minks, weasels and raccoons which mostly prey on the heron eggs.
  13. Herons breed in colonies as well as on their own.
  14. They build their nest high up on trees to safeguard their eggs from ground-dwelling predators.
  15. The female herons lay around 4 eggs per clutch, which hatch after a month-long incubation.
  16. The eggs are incubated and the chicks are cared for by both the parents.
  17. On an average, the heron lives to be around 25 years old.
  18. Water pollution is one of the biggest threats to the herons and their health.

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