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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Ardeidae
Genus:Butorides
Genus species:Butorides striata

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:43-55 cm
Identification:The green heron has a green-black cap, a chestnut face and neck, deep green upperparts, and dark undersides. Its eyes are yellow-orange, and its legs are either yellow or green. The green heron also has a long neck.
Habitat:Mangroves, estuaries, coral reefs, rocky coasts, rivers, lakes, ponds
Diet:Carnivore: small fish, crustaceans, amphibians, insects, small mammals
Reproduction:These birds breed year-round. Two to seven eggs are laid from mid-March to early June. Parents share the duty of incubating the eggs for 19-21 days. The chicks fledge when they are 21-23 days old.
Green herons are solitary and can be highly territorial. They may nest in loose colonies of 10 pairs.
Behavior:Green herons are active in the early morning and late evening hours. They may hunt for fish by dropping a leaf onto the water's surface.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This is the smallest heron species in North America.

Other Information

Date:1958-1988 Subjects:long-legged wading bird
Green-backed heron
Little heron
Striated heron
Green heron
Butorides
Herons
Ardeidae
Ciconiiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata