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Green Heron
(Butorides virescens)

    
        
 

Green Heron Information
                                    
Length: 16 - 22"

Habitat: Freshwater and saltwater marshes with some shrubs or trees; shrubby or tree-lined edges of ponds, lakes, streams, and slow-moving rivers. Can be found feeding in

Green Heron
 
almost any aquatic habitat
with shallow water.
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Diet: Mostly small fish such as sunfish, minnows, and perch; also crustaceans, amphibians, snakes, earthworms, spiders, aquatic and terrestrial insects.
 
 
Green Heron ID TipsIdentification tips for the Green Heron
 
Range Maps:
(Click map to enlarge.)
 
Green Heron Breeding Map USGS      
     
Breeding Map             
 
Additional photos and information:

WNC Nature Center
Photo of Green Heron, physical description, habits and habitats, history of name.

Don DesJardin's Bird Photos
Photo of immature Green Heron
 
     
   

 

 


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