Green herons are so much fun to watch in the Everglades. To compete for fishing spots with the larger birds, they will start to squawk and puff up their feathers prior to touchdown…letting all others know they WILL land here so get out of the way or endure the ruckus :-)
Everglades National Park, Florida
Description: ADULT Has dark green crown, rufous-maroon face and neck, and white running from throat down center of neck and breast to whitish belly. Upperparts are otherwise greenish gray; wing feathers have pale margins. JUVENILE Mainly brown, tinged rufous on face and with rufous streaks on otherwise paler throat, neck, and breast.
Dimensions: Length: 16-22" (41-56 cm)
Habitat: Locally common wetland bird. Summer migrant to north and interior parts of range, present mainly May-Sep; moves south and to coastal districts outside breeding season and winter range extends to Central America.
Range: Eastern Canada, Western Canada, New England, Northwest, Southeast, Florida, Plains, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, California, Texas, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic
Voice: Utters a sharp skeeow call in flight.
Discussion: Small, compact heron. Colorful adult blends in surprisingly well with dappled waterside vegetation. Often perches on branches overhanging water, remaining motionless for minutes on end while waiting for prey such as fish and amphibians to pass within stabbing range. Bill is proportionately long and daggerlike. Sexes are similar.
Information Source: enature.com