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BIRDS OF THE WORLD BOREAL FOREST - Ardea cinerea - Grey Heron

A large grey and white heron with long legs; flies with neck pulled into s-shape and legs outstretched; forehead white; black eyebrow-stripe extends from bill to top of nape, ending in two or three long plumes; face, nape and sides of neck white; throat white with two black streaks ending at breast; back, tail and wings pale grey; shoulders, sides of breast and belly black, rest of undersides white; primaries and secondaries black underneath, inner secondaries blue-grey; bill, lores and eye dullish yellow, legs pale brown. Albino and brown/buff forms occur. Bill bright orange and legs bright pinky-red; mantle and breast with long plumes.

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