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Great Blue Heron [herodias]

Ardea herodias [herodias] (= Ardea herodias herodias) Linnaeus, 1758

The great blue heron is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North America and Central America, as well as the Caribbean and the Galápagos Islands. It is a rare vagrant to coastal Spain, the Azores, and areas of far southern Europe. An all-white population found in south Florida and the Florida Keys is known as the great white heron. Debate exists about whether this represents a white color morph of the great blue heron, a subspecies of it, or an entirely separate species. The status of white individuals known to occur elsewhere in the Caribbean, and their existence is rarely found elsewhere besides in eastern North America. Source: Wikipedia




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Classification
Order:
  Pelecaniformes
Family:
  Ardeidae
Genus:
   Ardea
Scientific:
  Ardea herodias herodias


Original description

Citation:
  Linnaeus, 1758

Reference:
  Syst.Nat.ed.10 p.143

Protonym:
  Ardea Herodias

Link:
  https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/727050


Avibase identifiers

Avibase ID:
  6A9DD06F8C987CCA

Avibase ID:
  avibase-6A9DD06F

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/6A9DD06F


Taxonomic Serial Number:
  TSN: 174774

Geographic range:

  • Ardea herodias herodias: S Canada to s Baja California and Central America
  • Ardea herodias fannini: SE Alaska to coastal Washington
  • Ardea herodias cognata: Galapagos Islands
  • Ardea herodias wardi: S-central US to Gulf Coast and Florida
English:
Great Blue Heron [herodias]
Czech:
volavka velká [skupina herodias]
Danish:
Stor Blåhejre, Blå form [herodias Gruppe]
German:
Kanadareiher [herodias-Gruppe]
Spanish:
Garza Azulada (grupo herodias)
Spanish (Spain):
Garza azulada (grupo herodias)
Finnish:
amerikanharmaahaikara [alalaji herodias]
French:
Grand Héron [herodias]
Hungarian:
Királygém (kék forma)
Icelandic:
Bláhegri [herodias hópur]
Japanese (romaji):
ooaosagi (herodias guru-pu)
Japanese:
オオアオサギ(herodias グループ)
Lithuanian:
Didysis pilkasis garnys [herodias grupė]
Dutch:
Amerikaanse Blauwe Reiger (blauwe vorm)
Norwegian:
herodiashegre (herodias gr.)
Polish:
czapla modra [gr. herodias]
Portuguese (Brazil):
garça-azul-grande [grupo herodias]
Russian:
Большая голубая цапля [группа herodias]
Slovak:
volavka statná (skup.)
Serbian:
Velika plava čaplja [herodias grupa]
Swedish:
amerikansk gråhäger [gruppen herodias]


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 12th suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 13th suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 14th suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 15th suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 3rd edition (1910):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 3rd edition (incl. 16th suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 3rd edition (incl. 17th suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 3rd edition (incl. 18th suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (1931):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 19th suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 20th suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 21st suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 22nd suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 23rd suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 24th suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 25th suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 26th suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 27th suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 28th suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 29th suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 30th suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 31st suppl.):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 5th edition (1957):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Great Blue Heron [herodias] ( Ardea herodias [herodias])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Great Blue Heron [nominate group] ( Ardea herodias [herodias])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Great Blue Heron [nominate group] ( Ardea herodias [herodias])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Great Blue Heron [nominate group] ( Ardea herodias [herodias])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Great Blue Heron [nominate group] ( Ardea herodias [herodias])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Great Blue Heron [nominate group] ( Ardea herodias [herodias])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Great Blue Heron [nominate] ( Ardea herodias [herodias])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 07 (Feb 2020):
Great Blue Heron [nominate] ( Ardea herodias [herodias])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 08 (Feb 2021):
Great Blue Heron [nominate] ( Ardea herodias [herodias])
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v5 (Dec 2020):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v6 (Dec 2021):
Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
eBird version 1.50:
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) ( Ardea herodias [herodias Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 1.52:
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) ( Ardea herodias [herodias Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 1.53:
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) ( Ardea herodias [herodias Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 1.54:
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) ( Ardea herodias [herodias Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 1.55:
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) ( Ardea herodias [herodias Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 2015:
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) ( Ardea herodias [herodias Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 2016:
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) ( Ardea herodias [herodias Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 2017:
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) ( Ardea herodias [herodias Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 2018:
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) ( Ardea herodias [herodias Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 2019:
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) ( Ardea herodias [herodias Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 2021:
Great Blue Heron (Great Blue) ( Ardea herodias [herodias Group]) [version 1]
Peters' Check-list of the Birds (original):
Ardea herodias [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: subspecies group (sometimes a species)

This taxon is a subspecies of Ardea herodias

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Other synonyms


Bulgarian: Голяма синя чапла [Група herodias]
Catalan: Bernat americà
Creoles and Pidgins, French-based (Other): kwabye nwe
Czech: volavka velká, volavka velká [skupina herodias]
Danish: Stor Blåhejre, Stor Blåhejre, Blå form [herodias Gruppe]
German: Kanadareiher, Kanadareiher [herodias-Gruppe]
Greek: Αμερικανικός Σταχτοτσικνιάς [herodias ομάδα], Αμερικανικός Σταχτοτσικνιάς [herodias]
English: Great Blue Heron, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Great Blue Heron (Great Blue), Great Blue Heron (nominate group), Great Blue Heron [herodias], Great Blue Heron [nominate group], Great Blue Heron [nominate]
English, HBW: Great Blue Heron (Blue form)
English (IOC): Great Blue Heron (Blue form)
English (United States): Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Great Blue Heron (Great Blue)
Esperanto: Amerika griza ardeo
Spanish: Garza Azulada, Garza Azulada (grupo herodias), Garza Morena (grupo herodias)
Spanish (Colombia): Garzón Azulado
Spanish (Costa Rica): Garzón azulado, Garzón Azulado (grupo herodias), Garzón Azulado [grupo herodias]
Spanish (Cuba): Garcilote, Garcilote azul [grupo herodias]
Spanish (Dominican Rep.): Garzón, Garzón Cenizo
Spanish (Ecuador): Garzón Azul [Grupo herodias]
Spanish (Spain): Garza azulada (grupo herodias), Garza Azulada [herodias Group]
Spanish (HBW): Great Blue Heron (Blue form)
Spanish (Honduras): Garzón moreno
Spanish (Mexico): garza morena, Garza Morena (grupo herodias)
Spanish (Panama): Garza Azul Mayor (grupo herodias)
Estonian: ameerika hallhaigur
Basque: Bernat americà
Finnish: amerikanharmaahaikara, amerikanharmaahaikara [alalaji herodias]
French: Grand Héron, Grand Héron (forme bleue), Grand Héron [herodias]
Guadeloupean Creole French: Crabier radar
Galician: Bernat americà
Haitian Creole French: Gwo Krabye ble
Hungarian: Királygém (kék forma)
Icelandic: Bláhegri, Bláhegri [herodias hópur]
Italian: Airone azzurro maggiore
Japanese (romaji): ooaosagi, ooaosagi (herodias guru-pu)
Japanese: オオアオサギ, オオアオサギ (herodias グループ), オオアオサギ(herodias グループ)
Scientific: Ardea herodias, Ardea herodias [herodias Group], Ardea herodias [herodias], Ardea herodias herodias
Lithuanian: Didysis pilkasis garnys [herodias grupė], Kanadinis garnys
Dutch: Amerikaanse Blauwe Reiger, Amerikaanse Blauwe Reiger (blauwe vorm)
Norwegian: Herodiashegre, herodiashegre (herodias gr.)
Polish: czapla modra, czapla modra [gr. herodias]
Portuguese: Garça-azul-grande
Portuguese (Brazil): Garça-azul-grande, garça-azul-grande [grupo herodias]
Portuguese (Portugal): garça-azul-grande [grupo herodias], Garça-real-americana [grupo herodias]
Russian: Большая голубая цапля [группа herodias], Цапля большая голубая
Slovak: Volavka statná, volavka statná (skup.)
Slovenian: ameriška siva čaplja, Ameriška siva čaplja [herodias]
Serbian: Velika plava čaplja [herodias grupa]
Swedish: Amerikansk gråhäger, amerikansk gråhäger [gruppen herodias], amerikansk gråhäger [herodias Group]
Turkish: Amerika gri balıkçıl [herodias grubu], Amerika Gri Balıkçılı, Amerika Gri Balıkçılı [herodias Grubu]
Chinese: 大蓝鹭

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