Species Identification - Birds

Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias

Family: Herons


Description: Large, gray-blue heron, with a black stripe above eye. The Great Blue Heron has a wingspan of up to 72” and stands 42” tall. Breeding male has ornate plumes on head, neck, and back. It makes occasional deep croaks.

Range: Common. Often seen in statue-like position on piers, ponds, and in marshes, poised to grab its prey. Lives near wetlands and open water over most of North America and Caribbean.

photos by Carl Berube

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