ETYM Old Eng. heiroun, heroun, heron, hern, Old Fren. hairon, French héron, Old High Germ. heigir.
Large to medium-sized wading bird of the family Ardeidae, which also includes bitterns, egrets, night herons, and boatbills. Herons have sharp bills, broad wings, long legs, and soft plumage. They are found mostly in tropical and subtropical regions, but also in temperate zones.
The great blue heron Ardea herodias is native to North America. Gray-blue overall, breeding adults have yellowish bills and ornate plumes on the head, neck, and back.
A wader, it feeds mainly on fish and frogs.
Gray or white wading bird with long neck and long legs and (usually) long bill.