Paynes Prairie: Green Heron

A Green HeronThe Green Heron also breeds on Paynes Prairie and is known to migrate to other southern areas to do so. This bird is considered common on the prairie, and is the most generously distributed of small herons. Their habitats are usually weeded, brush-like environments or marshes.

If you want to recognize this bird, look for an approximately 18 inch long bird with an iridescent green back. Its feathers are often confused with the Blue Heron's because they can have a bluish-grey tint. You will probably locate one of these in a nest constructed in low branches or shrubs over water. They set their homes in this area because they feed off of fish, insects and other small vertebrates.

Check out this bird's call (click on listen to this species on this page).

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