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Great Blue Heron

Name (Latin):  Ardea herodias

 

 

                         Size: L 46" WS 72" WT 2,400 g

 

Description: large size, slow winged & graceful flight, long neck (extended or coiled back)

 

                             Song/Sounds: "Fraaahnk." Listen Here.

 

            Habitat: inland areas, streams, pond edges, wetlands, wet meadows, even upland fields

 

                                         Seasons in Keene: Summer

 

                    Nest and Eggs: Clutch of 2-6 eggs

 

        Similar Species: Great White Heron (a Blue Heron morph), Great egret, Snowy Egret

 

                        Distribution: From southern edge of Alaska down through Mexico

 

Population: While other herons have been threatened by pesticides and hunting, the Great Blue reamains stable.

 

            Fun Facts: The White morph of the Blue Heron, called the Great White Heron exists in a limited range in the Florida Keys. There is also and intermediate morph called the Wurdemann's Heron that occurs in southern Florida.

 

                              Video: Great Blue Heron

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