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Green heron

Butorides virescens ssp. maculata

Description:

The green heron is about 44 cm (17 in) tall. The neck is often pulled in tight against the body. Adults have a glossy, greenish-black cap, a greenish back and wings that are grey-black grading into green or blue, a chestnut neck with a white line down the front, grey underparts and short yellow legs. The bill is dark with a long, sharp point. Female adults tend to be smaller than males, and have duller and lighter plumage, particularly in the breeding season. Juveniles are duller, with the head sides, neck and underparts streaked brown and white, tan-splotched back and wing coverts, and greenish-yellow legs and bill. Hatchlings are covered in down feathers, light grey above, and white on the belly.

Habitat:

Seen in an area of mangrove marshes next to the salines of Bonaire.


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The MnMs
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The MnMs

Bonaire, Caribisch Nederland, Netherlands

Lat: 12.06, Long: -68.28

Spotted on Sep 12, 2017
Submitted on Feb 19, 2018

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