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Green Heron - (Butorides virescens) 



  • Small, stocky heron
  • Yellow legs, yellow feet, dark body and top of head, back looks greenish in some light
  • Lower part of head and most of neck reddish-brown
  • Juvenile has dark body with brown-streaked neck
  • 18" (46 cm.)


  • Wetlands, rivers
  • Nests in deciduous trees and conifers, not always near water

Additional Information

  • Common migrant and summer resident
  • In flight looks crow-like
  • Flies with head tucked back and legs extended
  • Uses bait to catch fish

Green Heron standing near the water edge

Green Heron stalking fish


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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