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Great Blue Heron

        Animals | Miscellaneous Birds

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
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Bird Spotting: A large, grayish bird with an elegant long neck, the great blue heron can be mistaken for similar-looking birds, such as the sandhill crane. The flight posture gives a clue as to which bird you have spotted. While the sandhill crane flies with its neck extended, the great blue heron roams the sky with a folded neck. The legs of the great blue are green and the bill is yellow.

Habitat: Great blue herons always make their homes near sources of water, such as lakes, ponds, rivers and marshes.

Nesting: This bird likes to nest and incubate its three to seven pale greenish-blue eggs in colonies. Their nests are shallow and constructed with sticks, but lined with softer materials. Nests can usually be found in a tree, but may also be placed on the ground concealed by the reeds of its marshy habitat.

Bird Bite: This bird does not have a discriminating palate. Fish, frogs, small mammals, reptiles and even birds can be on the menu of the great blue heron.