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Green Heron

Butorides virescens


Small, dark heron. Long yellowish legs. Long, dark, pointed bill. Long neck often kept pulled in tight to body. Legs and neck long, but shorter than most herons. Immature Description Striped brownish on neck and chest. Back brownish with buffy spots.


Breeds in swampy thickets. Forages in swamps, along creeks and streams, in marshes, ponds, lake edges, and pastures. Winters mostly in coastal areas, especially mangrove swamps. Stands still next to water and grabs small fish with explosive dart of head and neck. One of the few birds that uses bait to attract fish, it drops such things as bread crusts, insects, and twigs onto the water.


Another one of the beautiful shore birds we seen at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge..

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MaryEvans2 3 years ago

Thank you Nopayahnah and Emma :)

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 3 years ago

love these birds!!

Maria dB
Maria dB 3 years ago

Especially like that first photo!

MaryEvans2 3 years ago

Thank you Gerardo. Was a beautiful day at the coast. Just enough wind to keep the heat and bugs down :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 3 years ago

Grate series Mary!

MaryEvans2 3 years ago

Thank you karen - I didn't know that either until I searched for information. I love finding out the interesting tid-bits :)

KarenL 3 years ago

Lovely! I didn't know they used bait - how fascinating!

MaryEvans2 3 years ago

Thank you Blaise

MaryEvans2 3 years ago

Thank you Sachin

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 3 years ago

Lovely series,

Florida, USA

Lat: 30.10, Long: -84.19

Spotted on Apr 15, 2012
Submitted on Apr 17, 2012


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