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Green Heron

Butorides virescens


Green Heron (Butorides virescens) alarmed by a Great Egret takes flight at Anhinga Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida.


The Green Heron (Butorides virescens) is a small heron of North and Central America. 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. (credit:

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ceherzog 11 years ago

Nice's good to see next to the Great Egret for a size comparison.

alicelongmartin 11 years ago

Quite a nice series!

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Homestead, Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 13, 2010
Submitted on Jan 9, 2012

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