Herons of India

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Herons of India:

We have so far able to photograph only four types of Herons in India, The Purple Heron, Grey Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron and the Pond Heron.

Grey Herons are the largest among the Herons found in India and are usually a winter visitors. They grow up-to a metre tall and its wings can spread up-to 195 cm wide. They weigh around 1 kg to 2 kg.
Grey Heron
Grey Heron - Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mandya
Grey Heron in flight
Grey Heron in flight - Karanji Lake, Mysuru
Purple Herons are also large birds but are slightly smaller in size compared to Grey Herons and larger than the Night herons & pond herons. They can grow about 70 to 94 cm tall and has a wingspan of 120 to 152 cm. They weigh only about 0.5 to 1.35 kg.
Purple Heron
Purple Heron - Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mandya
While Grey and Purple herons are mostly found in the winter months, the night heron and pond herons are found through the year.

The Black-crowned Night Herons or simply night herons prefer to catch their prey at night, hence the name. During the day they are usually found in the bushes or resting over a tree.
Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron - Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mandya
The juveniles have a yellow and black bill whereas the adult has a black bill. Another major difference is the white spots on the wings and back.
Juvenile night heron
Juvenile night heron - Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mandya
Pond Herons are the most common among the Herons found in India. There are widely found across India, mostly near water bodies and wetlands.
Pond Heron
Pond Heron - Jayachamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Mysuru


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