Herons, Ibises, Storks, New World Vultures, and Allies (Ciconiiformes) - RStade

Green Heron – Foraging

Butorides virescens

July – Texas

L=18” ...... WS=26” ....... WT=7 oz Order: Ciconiiformes (Herons, Ibises, Storks, New World Vultures, Allies) Family: Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, Bitterns)

Green Herons are shy birds that inhabit wetland thickets over a broad range in North America. When foraging they will stalk prey while moving slowly through the water or wait patiently on branches over the water. They are one of the few birds that use tools or bait, such as twigs or leaves, to attract prey.