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Green Heron

Héron vert

Butorides virescens

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Life, Habitat & Pictures of North American Herons

B L W W W Family Latin Name
18" 45.7cm 26" 66cm 7oz 198.5g Ardeidae Butorides virescens

North American Bird Calls

  1. Tap to hear Choice 1
  2. Tap to hear Choice 2
  3. Tap to hear Choice 3
  4. Tap to hear Choice 4

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The Green Heron is a small wading bird that is often seen standing on logs and along the marsh edges in small ponds and lake shores. It is a patient hunter, waiting long periods of time for a small fish, a frog or maybe a snake to swim by. This heron is fairly common in the central and eastern US states and southern Canada.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.

I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.

Classic Collection of North American Birds