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The Great Blue Heron is a large wading bird that is common near shores and open water across North and Central America. It can also be found in the West Indies and Galápagos Islands and is a rare visitor to Europe.
It is the largest North American heron. It feeds in shallow water or at the water's edge during both the day and night, but especially around dawn and dusk. Its diet consists of a wide range of shrimps, crabs, insects, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians and small birds.
In Europe, Asia and Africa the Grey Heron is very similar to the Great Blue Heron, but it is slightly smaller and has grey plumage.
|Hatched||Added to Birdorable on: 29 January 2010|
|Scientific Name||Ardea herodias|
|Birdorable Family||Egrets & Other Waders|
(as of 15 January 2017)
36 to 55 inches
66 to 79 inches
64 to 77 ounces
|Range||North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)|