Green Heron

Green Heron, Butorides virescens

Along quiet streams or shaded riverbanks, a lone Green Heron may flush ahead of the observer, crying “kyow” as it flies up the creek. This small heron is solitary at most seasons and often somewhat secretive, living around small bodies of water or densely vegetated areas. Seen in the open, it often flicks its tail nervously, raises and lowers its crest. The “green” on this bird’s back is an iridescent color, and often looks dull bluish or simply dark. (Audubon Guide to North American Birds)
Length: 16.1–18.1 inches, Wingspan: 25.2–26.8 inches

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