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Herons are long-legged wading birds that generally include several species including egrets and bitterns, which I feature separately because there are so many diverse and beautify varieties.  Herons are widely distributed over the world but are most common in the tropics and sub-tropics.  They usually feed while wading quietly in the shallows of both fresh and salt water.  They nest in rough platforms of sticks constructed in bushes or trees near water.  The nests usually grouped in colonies called heronries.  Herons commonly stand with the neck bent in an S shape.  They fly with the legs trailing loosely and the head held back against the body, instead of stretching the neck out in front as most birds do.  They have broad wings, long straight sharp-pointed bills, and powder down.