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Green Heron

Length: 18-22 inches Song: Bold, abrasive kyowk or skeow, somtimes soft kuck kuck notes.
Wingspan: 26 inches Behavior: Diurnal species that retires to ground or close to it for the night.
Weight: 7.5 ounces Breeding: Monogamous.
Habitat: Lakes, rivers, open, seas, rocky or sandy seashore. Population: Common and stable.
Migration: Some migrate Feeders: Males feed the young while the mother is getting food for the young.
Appearance: Dark cap, blue green back, white underparts, chestnut head.
Interesting Facts: Often walks slowly when it is hunting. Overhanging perch for prey to come close to pounce on its prey. Often perches in trees or on shrubs. Has been seen placing food or bait in the water deliberately to attract fish. When disturbed often nervously flicks its short shaggy tail and elevates the shaggy crest. The Green Heron looks similar to a crow when it is flying.

Compiled by Victoria and Josh, Middletown Elementary School, Louisville, KY
Information from Birds of North America by Fred J Alsop III, DK Publishing, Inc., 2001

Photos - http://images.fws.gov with permission from National Fish and Wildlife Service

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Last Updated: February 28, 2012

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