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
Lake margins, streams, ponds, and marshes
16 – 18 in.
25 – 27 in
19 - 21 days
3 - 5 eggs
The green heron is one of the world's few bird species that uses tools. It creates fishing lures with bread crusts, insects, earthworms, twigs, feathers, and other objects, dropping them on the surface of the water to entice small fish.
Usually hunt by wading in shallow water, but occasionally they dive for deep-water prey.
The species is threatened by human disturbance, pesticides and habitat destruction.
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