Wild Florida Photo - Butorides virescens

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Butorides virescens


Florida native


This resident of Florida can often be seen - although not always easily - crouching on a log, low branch or rock and leaning over the water waiting for small fish to come by. They have been known to drop insects, earthworms, twigs, feathers or other objects into the water as bait to attract fish.
The range includes the eastern United States, north into Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, plus through the southwest and up the Pacific coast states into British Columbia. The range extends south through Mexico, Central America and northwest South America.
Green herons are small and stocky with least bitterns being the only smaller member of the Ardeidae family in North America. Typically 41-46 cm (16-18 in.) long with a wingspan of 64-68 cm (just over 2 feet). Adult back and wings are dark slatey green, the head has a black cap and the neck is chestnut. They have a straight, relatively long bill and yellow legs that are bright orange in breeding males. Immatures are brownish with a pale neck streaked with dark brown and yellow-green legs.

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Butorides virescens is a member of the Ardeidae - Herons & Bitterns family.

For more information on this species, visit the following link:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds page for this species

Date record last modified:
Mar 17, 2019