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.