The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in the Birds.

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 Black-headed Heron
 Black Heron
 Capped Heron
 Cattle Egret
 Chinese Egret
 Chinese Pond-Heron
 Cocoi Heron
 Dimorphic Heron
 Dusky-gray Heron
 Eastern Reef-Heron
 Goliath Heron
 Gray Heron
 Great Blue Heron
 Great White-bellied Heron
 Great White Egret
 Green Heron
 Indian Pond Heron
 Intermediate Egret
 Javanese Pond-Heron
 Lava Heron
 Little Blue Egret
 Little Egret
 Madagascar Heron
 Madagascar Squacco Heron
 Pied Heron
 Purple Heron
 Reddish Egret
 Red-throated Heron
 Rufous-bellied Heron
 Snowy Egret
 Squacco Heron
 Striated Heron
 Tricolored Heron
 Western Reef-Heron
 Whistling Heron
 White-faced Heron
 White-necked Heron

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Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias).
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)


The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is natural to the Americas. Its distribution extends from Alaska to northern South America, including the Caribbean Islands. It also inhabits the Galapagos Islands.


From sea level to 2000 meters.


Normally seen on the water edge of rivers and other water deposits, which could be fresh water, brackish water or saltwater.


Nests on trees next to water. The clutch is two to seven light blue or light greenish blue eggs. Incubation takes about 35 days and it is done by both parents. The youngsters leave the nest from 70 to 90 days of age.


Anything it can catch with its long bill, including fish, small alligators, birds, and so on. Active all day and night.


In length it reaches from 97 cm to 1.30 meters.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) Florida, 1999.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)


The Great Blue Heron in Spanish is called “Garza Morena”, “Garzón Cenizo” and “Garzón Azulado”.

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