|Scientific Name||Ardea herodias|
Great White heron
Great Blue Heron Description
- Great blue heron is the largest heron in North America.
- Herons usually rely on sight to search prey and it swallows the entire animal.
- The oldest heron lived up to 24 years and 6 months.
- Herons may move slowly, but they will strike like lightning to grab a fish or snap up a gopher.
- Herons stand like a statue when they must stalk a fish.
Size & Weight
- HEAD-TO-TAIL LENGTH: 91–137 cm (36–54 in)
- WEIGHT: (Male) 48 kg (5.5 lb) (Female) 2.11 kg (4.7 lb)
- WINGSPAN: 167–201 cm (66–79 in)
- HEIGHT: 115–138 cm (45–54 in)
- WING CHORD: 43–49.2 cm (16.9–19.4 in)
- TAIL: 2–19.5 cm (6.0–7.7 in)
- TARSUS: 7–21 cm (6.2–8.3 in)
- h. herodias
- h. fannini
- h. wardi
- h. occidentalis
- h. cognata
Freshwater swamps, saltwater marshes, mangrove swamps, lake edges, flooded meadows, shorelines, ditches
Northern Alaska, southern Canada, Rocky Mountains, South America, southern United States, Florida, Caribbean, Mexico
Shrimps, rodents, aquatic insects, flounders, reptiles, amphibians, gunnels, birds, crabs, perch, sculpins, sticklebacks, voles, bass
3 – 6 eggs
- LENGTH: 50 cm (20 in)
- WIDTH: 120 cm (47 in)
- DEPTH: 90 cm (35 in)
- LENGTH: 7 to 76.5 mm (2.00 to 3.01 in)
- WIDTH: 29 to 50.5 mm (1.14 to 1.99 in)
- WEIGHT: 61 to 80 g (2.2 to 2.8 oz)
Pale blue color
March to April
Common ravens, red-tailed hawks, great horned owls, Harris’s hawks, bald eagles, raccoons, American crocodile, American alligators, golden eagle, turkey vultures, American crows