30 August, 2009

Green Heron

Scientific Name: Butorides virescens

Population Estimate: Unknown, but Least Concern status

Range: Summers throughout the eastern US. Year-round in Mexico, Central America, and northern South America.

Field Notes: Small, stocky heron with yellow legs and dark green cap. The adult (lower photo) has solid rufous breast whereas the juvenile (upper photo) has a streaked breast.

Personal Notes: A favorite of ours at the Minnesota Arboretum. We were excited to find it down in Mexico as well.

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