photo by NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
L 18″ (46 cm) W 26″ (66 cm).
Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)
Flushing call is a startling “skeow!”
Description: Sexes similar. Adult with glossy dark green crown and upper wings; gray-green back; white chin; foreneck and breast streaked; smudgy gray belly; short yellow-green to orange legs; mostly blackish bill. Immature bronze-green above with buff and whitish feather edges; buff below, heavily streaked brown from cheeks to breast; yellowish bill and legs.
Behavior: When alarmed, stretches neck, raises crest, and flicks tail down.
Habitat: Found near wooded rivers, streams, and oxbows. Sometimes near marshes and lake edges.
Where in Nebraska: Common regular spring and fall migrant southeast, becoming rare casual northwest. Common breeder over most of Nebraska except the panhandle and western Sandhills.
Fun Facts: Known to use tools, Green herons “fish” for prey by dropping bait onto water’s surface.
Additional Information: Formerly known as Green-backed Heron.