Ardea – Herons

These birds might give even the best fencers a run for their money

Ardea is a genus of large wetland birds armed with a spear-shaped bill, which is incredibly sharp and pointy to make short work of any prey that comes by while it stands motionless in the water for extended periods.

These birds are primarily active when fishing is best in the morning and dusk. They prefer to eat alone, but sometimes they eat in loose groups because it’s easier for them to find schools of fish.
Herons are carnivores (piscivores). They eat mainly fish but also frogs, salamanders, snakes, lizards, young birds, small mammals, crabs, shrimp, crayfish, dragonflies, grasshoppers, and many aquatic invertebrates.