Mauritanian Heron

It is a large bird, standing 90-100 cm tall, with a 175-195 cm wingspan and a weight of 1-2 kg. Its plumage is largely grey above, and off-white below. Adults have a white head with a broad black supercilium and slender crest, while immatures have a dull grey head. It has a powerful, pinkish-yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults. It has a slow flight, with its long neck retracted . This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks. The call is a loud croaking fraaank. The Australian White-faced Heron is often incorrectly called Grey Heron.

The Mauritanian Heron is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Mauritanian Heron Ardea monicae, Mauritania , Banc d'Arguin Cap Timeris 03/12/2007 © Frank DHERMAIN Swaro ATS80HD 30SW Nikon Coolpix P5100 Mauritanian Heron Ardea monicae - Showing Records 1 through 4 of 4 Total Records More

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Order : Ciconiiformes
Family : Ardeidae
Genus : Ardea
Species : cinerea
Authority : Linnaeus, 1758