Green Heron
Butorides Striatus

CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Ciconiiformes
FAMILY: Ardeidae

SIZE:
15 - 22 inches in length

RANGE:
British Columbia, Minnesota, and New Brunswick, south to southern South America; winters from South Carolina to Gulf Coast and California; also tropical portions of Africa and southeast Asia

HABITAT:
Lake margins, streams, ponds, and marshes

DIET:
Wild - Fish mainly
Zoo - Soaked dog food, fish, flamingo diet, and meat

DESCRIPTION:

  • Crow sized
  • Small dark with bright orange or yellowish legs
  • Chestnut head and neck, black crown with a small crest
  • Dark green gray wings

FACTS:
Most common heron in much of its range; its often first noticed when it flushes unexpectedly from the edge of water and flies off

YOUNG:
3 - 6 pale blue-green eggs in a flimsy saucer of twigs and sticks in a bush or thicket near water; occasionally breeds in colonies

STATUS:
Not threatened; common to abundant

REFERENCE:
"The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds," John Bull and John Farrand Jr.; the American Museum of Natural History