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Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias Linnaeus, 1758

The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 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 Europe, with records from Spain, the Azores, England and the Netherlands. An all-white population found only in the Caribbean and southern Florida was once treated as a separate species and known as the Great White Heron. Source: Wikipedia




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Order:
  Pelecaniformes
Family:
  Ardeidae
Genus:
  Ardea

Scientific:
  Ardea herodias

Citation:
  Linnaeus, 1758

Reference:
  Syst.Nat.ed.10 p.143

Protonym:
  Ardea herodias

Avibase ID:
  93694BB5492F7012

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/93694BB5

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 174773

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
  • Ardea herodias occidentalis: S Florida through West Indies to islands off Venezuela
English:
Great Blue Heron
Czech:
volavka velká
German:
Kanadareiher
Danish:
Stor Blåhejre
Spanish:
Garza Azulada
Finnish:
amerikanharmaahaikara
French:
Grand Héron
Icelandic:
Bláhegri
Italian:
Airone azzurro
Japanese:
ooaosagi
Japanese:
オオアオサギ
Dutch:
Amerikaanse Blauwe Reiger
Norwegian:
Herodiashegre
Norwegian Nynorsk:
Herodiashegre
Polish:
czapla modra
Portuguese:
Garça-azul-grande
Portuguese (Brazil):
Garça-azul-grande
Russian:
Большая цапля
Slovak:
volavka statná
Swedish:
amerikansk gråhäger
Ukrainian:
Чапля північна
Chinese:
大蓝鹭


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

African Bird Club Checklist August 2005:
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African Bird Club Checklist March 2007:
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African Bird Club Checklist January 2008:
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African Bird Club Checklist May 2009:
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African Bird Club Checklist March 2010:
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American Ornithologists' Union 5th edition (incl. 32nd suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 5th edition (incl. 33rd suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 5th edition (incl. 34th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (1983):
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American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 35th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 36th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 37th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 38th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 39th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 40th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 41st suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (1998):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 42nd suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 43rd suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 44th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 45th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 46th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 47th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 48th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 49th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 50th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 51st suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 52nd suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 53rd suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 54th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 55th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 56th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 57th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 58th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 59th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 60th suppl.):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
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Birdlife checklist version 00:
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Birdlife checklist version 03:
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Birdlife checklist version 04:
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Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
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Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
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Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
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Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
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Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
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Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
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Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
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Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
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British Ornithologists' Union Checklist (7th edition, incl. Jan 2009 suppl.):
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Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
Grand Héron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
Grand Héron ( Ardea herodias) [version 1]
Clements 1st edition:
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Clements 3rd edition:
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Clements 4th edition:
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Clements 5th edition (as published):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2000 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
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Clements, version 2015:
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Clements, version 2016:
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Clements, version 2017:
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Clements, version 2018:
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Clements, version 2019:
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eBird version 1.50:
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eBird version 2017:
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eBird version 2018:
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eBird version 2019:
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Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
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Howard and Moore 2nd edition (incl. ? suppl):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 3.1):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 4):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 5):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 6):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 7):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 8):
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Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
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Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.6:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 9.2:
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Morony, Bock and Farrand:
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James Lee Peters:
Ardea herodias [version 1]
James Lee Peters (2nd edition):
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Sibley and Monroe (1993):
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Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
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Sibley and Monroe 2nd edition (1996):
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South American Classification Committee (24/10/2003):
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South American Classification Committee (14/09/2005):
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South American Classification Committee (16/07/2006):
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South American Classification Committee (26/09/2007):
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South American Classification Committee (01/05/2008):
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South American Classification Committee (30/09/2009):
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South American Classification Committee (19/08/2010):
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South American Classification Committee (8/08/2011):
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South American Classification Committee (8/02/2012):
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South American Classification Committee (4/09/2012):
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South American Classification Committee (17/03/2013):
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South American Classification Committee (9/02/2014):
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South American Classification Committee (16/02/2015):
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South American Classification Committee (28/07/2016):
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South American Classification Committee (22/04/2017):
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South American Classification Committee (4/06/2018):
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South American Classification Committee (6/06/2019):
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Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Ardea herodias [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
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Species status: full species

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Catalan: Bernat americà
Creoles and Pidgins, French-based (Other): kwabye nwe
Czech: Volavka velká
Danish: Stor Blåhejre
German: Kanadareiher, Nordamerika-Reiher
English: Blue Crane, California Heron, Espiritu Santo Heron, Florida Heron, Great Blue Heron, Great white Heron, Northwestern coast Heron, San Lucas Heron, Treganza's Heron, Ward's Heron, Wurdemann's Heron
English (IOC): Great Blue Heron
Spanish: Garcilote, Garza Azul, Garza Azulada, Garza Ceniza, Garza Morena, Garzón, Garzón Azul, Garzón azulado, Garzón Cenizo, Garzón moreno, Rabihorcado Grande
Spanish (Colombia): Garzón Azulado, Garzón migratorio
Spanish (Costa Rica): Garzón azulado
Spanish (Cuba): Garcilote
Spanish (Dominican Rep.): Garzón, Garzón Cenizo
Spanish (Ecuador): Garzón Azul
Spanish (Spain): Garza Azulada
Spanish (HBW): Garza azulada
Spanish (Honduras): Garzón moreno
Spanish (Mexico): garza morena, Garzón Cenizo
Spanish (Nicaragua): Garzón Azul
Spanish (Panama): Garza Azul Mayor
Spanish (Puerto Rico): Garzón Cenizo
Spanish (Venezuela): Garzón Cenizo
Estonian: ameerika hallhaigur
Basque: Bernat americà
Finnish: Amerikanharmaahaikara
French: Grand Héron, Grand Héron bleu, Héron bleu, Héron de Wurdemann
Guadeloupean Creole French: Crabier radar
Galician: Bernat americà
Haitian Creole French: Gwo Krabye ble
Croatian: Velika plava čaplja
Hungarian: királygém
Icelandic: Bláhegri
Italian: Airone azzurro, Airone azzurro maggiore
Japanese: ooaosagi
Japanese: オオアオサギ
Scientific: Ardea herodias, Ardea herodias herodias
Lithuanian: Didysis pilkasis garnys, Kanadinis garnys
Latvian: Kanādas gārnis
Dutch: Amerikaanse Blauwe Reiger, Grote Blauwe Reiger
Norwegian Nynorsk: Herodiashegre
Norwegian: Herodiashegre
Polish: czapla modra
Portuguese: garça-azul-grande, Garça-azul-grande / Garça-real-americana, Garça-real-americana
Portuguese (Brazil): Garca Cinza, Garça-azul-grande
Portuguese (Portugal): Garça-real-americana
Russian: Большая голубая цапля, Большая цапля, Цапля большая голубая
Slovak: Volavka statná
Slovenian: ameriška siva čaplja
Serbian: Velika plava čaplja
Swedish: Amerikansk gråhäger
Turkish: Amerika Gri Balıkçılı
Ukrainian: Чапля північна
Chinese: 大蓝鹭
Chinese (Traditional): 大藍鷺

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