Great Blue Heron
Distinguishing Features - Upper parts, greyish-blue; head, white with a wide black stripe on either side, extending from the eye to a long slender crest; neck, grayish-brown edged with black down sides. Under parts randomly streaked and coloured black and white. Bill yellowish, long, tapering to a sharp point. Legs, browny-green, long. Male and female are essentially indistinguishable.
Size - 108 - 132 cm (43.25 - 53 in).
In and around fish-bearing waterways.
In deciduous, coniferous or mixed woods, usually in small colonies. Flattish nest is made of twigs and small branches in the upper parts of tall trees. Eggs, 3 - 5; light greenish-blue. Incubation period 26 - 27 days.
The Great Blue Heron's long, stilt-like legs allow it to wade in shallow waters to feed on a diet of fish, frogs and water snakes. It will also eat salamanders, large insects, mice and other small rodents. The song of the Great Blue Heron is a goose-like Onk.
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