Adult: A crow-sized wading bird with grayish-yellow legs, a gray-green
back, rich chesnut neck and head and a blackish-green crown with a small crest. White with
brown streaks underneath. The vigilant Green Heron will more than likely spot you
before you see it and freeze into immobility on a branch close to the water's surface,
hoping you will pass him by unaware. Amusingly, he may give the game away by deciding to
fly, which he usually announces to all in a startling burst of raucous sound.
Breeding Plumage: The
breeding male sports a pair of vivid orange legs.
Immature: The immature is browner than adult with heavy streaking on white
Habitat: Marshes and ponds. Streams, rivers and lake shores.
A Florida resident.
Text by Mary Jean Rogers, West Volusia Audubon.
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