[Fr.] The name of a large tribe of wading birds found in almost every part of the globe. The body is small in proportion to the length of the neck and the legs. The legs are very long and slender, and the bill is longer than the head, and comes to a sharp point. Herons feed mostly on fish, frogs, crabs, and other water animals. These they greedily devour. They build their nests in high trees near the water, and feed their young with fish until they are old enough to care for themselves. The European heron is remark-able for its directly-ascending flight, and was formerly hunted with the larger falcons.