Green Heron (Juvenile)

Kimberly Chadwick

Marana, United States

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Green Heron

This small heron of wooded swamps, streams and ponds is rarely found among flocks of other herons. I prefers to forage in secluded locations, stalking small fish, tadpoles and amphibians from a perch just above the water’s surface.

A cryptic bird, Green Heron is usually detected by it’s alarm call, given when flushed. The species is strongly migratory and may turn up almost anywhere.

VOICE Agitated bird often gives a soft clucking sound; flight/alarm call familiar: a piercing skiew! or skow!

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Green Heron is one of the few tool-using birds. It commonly drops bait onto the surface of the water and grabs the small fish that are attracted.
  • They tend to wander after the breeding season is over. Most probably seek more favorable foraging areas and do not travel far. Occasionally some turn up in England and France.
  • The Green Heron is part of a complex of small herons that sometimes are considered one species. When lumped, they are called Green-backed Heron. When split, they are the Green Heron, the Striated Heron, and the Galapagos Heron.
  • A group of herons has many collective nouns, including a “battery”, “hedge”, “pose”, “rookery”, and “scattering” of herons."

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