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Green Heron

Butorides virescens


From a distance, the Green Heron is a dark, stocky bird hunched on slender yellow legs at the water’s edge, often hidden behind a tangle of leaves. Seen up close, it is a striking bird with a velvet-green back, rich chestnut body, and a dark cap often raised into a short crest. These small herons crouch patiently to surprise fish with a snatch of their daggerlike bill. They sometimes lure in fish using small items such as twigs or insects as bait.


I've been wanting to see one of these in real life ever since I saw a picture of one. It is gorgeously colored with distinctive patterns, something you might expect to see in asia. Real eye candy.

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Josh Asel
Josh Asel 7 years ago

I haven't seen that behavior yet. Definitely something to look forward too :) Keep looking out!

I love them too. I used to see them regularly when I had time to bird, but since I have been carrying my camera around with me, I haven't see one. I love watching them hunt from a low branch over a pond or stream.

Josh Asel
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Josh Asel

California, USA

Spotted on Jan 14, 2014
Submitted on Jan 31, 2014

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