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Green Heron

Butorides virescens

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Marshland Park


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Joseph R. Godreau
Spotted by
Joseph R. Godreau

Michigan, USA

Lat: 42.09, Long: -83.44

Spotted on Aug 15, 2016
Submitted on Aug 15, 2016

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