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Physical: Green Herons are a relatively small heron, growing to 22 inches. The adult has a gray-green or gray-blue back and wings and a black crown. The neck is chestnut-colored, and the legs are bright orange. Green herons make a loud “skewk” sound.
Habitat: B. virescens lives mainly on freshwater or brackish marshes, near clumps of trees. They range from the northern United States to the Gulf of Mexico and west to Texas.
Feeding: Herons feed primarily on insects, frogs, small fish, and crabs. When hunting, Green Herons stretch their head and neck forward and jab at their prey.
Breeding: B. virescens builds a loose nest of sticks in trees or thickets and deposits 3-6 pale blue or green eggs. Breeding occurs throughout their range in freshwater and brackish areas.
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