Heron coloring pages – a collection of images with interesting birds. The heron has a long, straight beak and a flexible neck. When flying, it pulls in its neck, unlike other birds. Birds take pairing seriously. Partners build a nest together, incubating eggs in turn. Herons are also one of the most patient frog and fish hunters. They can stand on their ankle feet in the water for several hours before catching prey. Color the heron with paints or pencils.
Lonng-legged herons can be found in swamps, lakes and wet meadows. This wondrous bird is very easy to recognize by its straight long beak, long curved neck and, again, long legs. Moreover, the heron very often stands on one leg, since the water is cold and it in turn heats the legs. In Russian folk tales, they are often portrayed as a positive character. From our site you can download and print the most beautiful coloring pages about the beautiful white heron absolutely free of charge.
In general, there are about 14 species of herons. The most famous of these species are:
- Great blue heron;
- Gray heron;
- Black heron;
- Black-necked heron;
- Red heron;
- Great egret.
The Great Egret was listed in the Red Book, but later its numbers were restored.
Where does the heron live?
The heron is a bird that lives all over the world with the exception of the circumpolar regions and Antarctica. The heron lives in a variety of water bodies such as lakes, rivers, swamps, reed beds and wet meadows. Heron nests are built on tree branches from twigs. Many of the bird species are kept in small groups. These colonies can be assigned a different number of individuals. The peculiarity of herons is that the birds do not stray into dense flocks, but prefer to just be close to each other. In places where food is scarce, a heron flock settles at a distant distance, and large colonies live only in places rich in food. The giant heron and several other species of herons live only singly.
Basically, the heron lives in the swamp. The heron swamp is chosen depending on the season, in summer – with fresh water, in winter – coastal wetlands with salt water.
What does a heron eat?
The heron is a bird that feeds on near-water and aquatic life such as frogs, snakes, insects, newts, tadpoles, fish, molluscs, fry and crustaceans. In addition, she can eat other people’s chicks, small rodents or attack a small hare or rabbit. Birds hunt from ambush. They walk in shallow water and look for prey, and sometimes they stand in one place for a long time and attack at an opportunity. There are herons that accompany large animals such as buffaloes, rhinos and elephants in the hope of taking advantage of the frightened insects.
Description and features of the heron. What does a heron look like
Heron species differ not only in color, but also in height. The sizes of herons vary in a wide range: for example, a small heron reaches a height of no more than 40-60 cm, and a large heron reaches a size of 1.5 meters.
The average weight of these birds is 2.5 kilograms. Birds of different species are most often monochromatic. The heron is white, red, black, gray, and sometimes two-colored. Herons mostly have dark legs and a yellow beak, but sometimes herons with a black beak are found. The plumage of birds is smooth, and the heron’s head is often decorated with a tuft, the size of which depends on the species of bird, but not all species have a tuft.
The heron’s head is on a long neck, which they extend while hunting. The heron’s beak is long and straight. This structure of the heron’s beak makes it easy for her to catch and hold slippery fish.
Thin and long legs have tenacious toes, and the tail is sharp and short. The heron walks in large strides, about 0.5 meters, and while searching for food its steps become smaller, up to 25 cm long.
The heron is a bird leading a near-water lifestyle. She does not dive, does not swim, as her feathers get wet easily. All water birds have a coccygeal gland, thanks to which fat is secreted, which prevents birds from getting wet. Unlike waterfowl, the heron does not have one, so the feathers of the heron are not protected from getting wet.
Herons have a maximum lifespan of 23 years.
Why does the heron stand on one leg?
Both adults and children often wonder why the heron stands on one leg. The heron is a bird with a special structure of the knee joint. When its leg is unbent, a kind of lock is activated, and therefore the bird can stand for a very long time, giving rest to the second leg. Pressing a leg to the body, the heron warms it, because the water in the reservoir can be cold. In addition, this pose of the heron is a good camouflage when hunting, because the second leg of the bird does not stand out, and the victims of the heron mistake it for grass or reeds. The heron stands for a long time and does not move, watching for prey in the reservoir, and then at the right moment pierces and captures it with its long beak.
What is the difference between a heron and a stork?
- First, the heron differs from the stork in appearance. The neck of the heron is curved, while the neck of the stork is absolutely straight. In addition, the stork is a larger bird than the heron. The heron is more graceful.
- Secondly, there are differences in the environment. The life of a heron is more spent in a swamp, while a stork prefers hills, rooftops or tall trees.
- Storks feed mainly on rodents and reptiles. Herons mainly feed on fish and swim well, unlike the stork.
- It is worth noting that the stork is an exclusively daytime bird, and the heron is awake not only during the day, but also at night.
Interesting Facts about Heron
- The long-lived heron lived for 25 years;
- To attract the female during the mating season, the male performs a mating dance and sings a song;
- The heron swallows its prey from the head so that it does not get stuck in the throat (fish scales and fins, bones).
Heron coloring page is a set of pictures with a representative of the stork order. It can be found anywhere in the world where there is a temperate climate. Prefers trees or unused poles for nesting, and swampy areas or shallow water to search for food. The peculiarity of this bird is the unusual manner of hunting – it can stand for a long time in the water on one leg, waiting for a small fish or an inattentive frog. It also has a distinctive flying style – it stretches its head in the shape of the letter L, while most birds are held straight. The Swamp Heron coloring page will help young artists later distinguish it from other similar birds.