Frequent question: Are herons in Ireland?

Are heron and egret the same?

Herons and egrets are both long-legged, freshwater, coastal birds. They both belong to the same family Ardeidae and have similar appearances. However, egrets are mainly white, and they may or may not have decorative plumes. Egrets are always smaller in size than herons.

Are herons aggressive?

Great blue herons are, like many wild creatures, shy of humans. They exhibit aggressive behavior only when cornered, when their young are threatened, and when they are handled.

Are herons rare in Ireland?

Where does it live? Herons are common and widespread throughout Ireland. They are found at estuaries, lakes, rivers and canals, and can be found in cities as well as in the countryside.

How many herons are in Ireland?

There are close to 4,000 breeding pairs in Ireland and this number is augmented by winter visitors from Britain and the continent. And the number of resident herons appears to be increasing, probably due to improving water quality and a growth in popularity of garden fish ponds.

How do you tell a heron from a egret?

The difference between heron and egret is their height. Typically the egrets are smaller birds in comparison to herons. But there are also few breeds of egrets that are larger than the herons. Also, egrets have black legs with a white-phase whereas herons’ legs are more lightly colored.

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