The grey heron (Ardea cinerea)
In Ancient Rome, the heron was a bird of divination that gave an augury (sign of a coming event) by its call;
Whilst in Ancient Egypt, the bird deity Bennu, associated with the sun, creation, and rebirth, was depicted as a heron in New Kingdom artwork.
Roast heron was once a specially prized dish in Britain for special occasions such as state banquets. For the appointment of George Neville as Archbishop of York in 1465, 400 herons were served to the guests. Yum yum!