Heron, Fauna in Co. Mayo

Heron is a long-legged bird with a long neck and a strong pointed bill. Its back and breast are grey, the head is withe with black flecks.

It is up 1 m tall and can weight up to 2 kg.

Heron is carnivorous and feed on a variety of live aquatic prey such as fish, little frogs, crustaceans and molluscs, but it can also eat small mammals (rats and mice).

It can be seen in watery habitats: rivers, lakes, wetlands and on the coast.

In Ireland herons are often referred to cranes because they are similar, but cranes became extinct during the late Middle Ages as a consequence of extreme hunting.

Its name is Ardea Cinerea and in Irish it is called Corr reisc.