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Heron

A heron (family Ardeidae, genus Ardea) has a colied neck and straight, dagger-like bills used to capture their prey quickly in one swoop. Other members of this famliy include egrets and bitterns. The most widespread and frequently seen heron is the Great Blue Heron. They usually migrate in small flocks but are most commonly seen singly at a stream or pond edge or fields and meadows foraging for food. They tend to eat fish or small mammals. At a length of 46 inches, it is also the largest of the heron family.

Emblems of longevity like the stork and the crane. These three birds are the messengers of the immortals, carrying the tablets of human fate in their beaks.

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