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Green Heron

Butorides virescens


The smallest heron residing on Dominica. This beautiful bird is greenish-blue on the head, a rusty red on the throat and chest. It also has a white line of feathers from the throat down to the abdomen.


This little guy was quietly sitting on the rock in the river near the Melville Hall Airport.


After I started taking photos of it sitting quietly on the rock, I was lucky to watch it start hunting (the last 3 pics). By the time I had to leave though, nothing had been caught. The Green Heron also graced a 10c stamp in Dominica! Very cool :) First reference for identification: "Dominica's Birds", p49, Arlington James, Stephen Durand, and Bertrand Jno. Baptiste.

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Saint Andrew Parish, Dominica

Spotted on Jan 28, 2015
Submitted on Feb 14, 2015

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