Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron
Butorides striatus


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Ciconiiformes
FAMILY
Ardeidae

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

Mainly fish

Weight

8.5 oz.

Size

16 – 18 in.

Wingspan

25 – 27 in

Incubation

19 - 21 days

Clutch

3 - 5 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • 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.

 

Conservation

The species is threatened by human disturbance, pesticides and habitat destruction.

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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