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Green Heron

Butorides virescens

Description:

The Green Heron is relatively small; adult body length is about 44 cm (17 in). 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:

The habitat of the Green Heron is small wetlands in low-lying areas.

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1 Comment

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Very sharp picture, very nice!

CarolBowen
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Delray Beach, Florida, USA

Spotted on Jan 8, 2011
Submitted on Dec 29, 2011

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