Blog Archive: Herons

Birdorable Boat-billed Heron

2015 Bonanza Bird #23: Boat-billed Heron

December 23rd, 2015 in Birdorable Bonanza 2015, Herons, New Birds 6 comments
Birdorable Boat-billed Heron

Boat-billed Herons are medium-sized herons found in parts of Central and South America. They live in mangrove forests and feed on a wide variety of food items, including tidal fare like shrimp, insects, and fish.

The Boat-billed Heron is named for its large and wide scoop-like bill. The top of the bill resembles the underside of a boat. The species is also known simply as the Boatbill.

Boat-billed Herons are known for their courtship rituals. Pair-bonding displays include mock fighting, head crest raising and lowering, and bill duels.

Boat-billed Heron
Photo by Amir Matityahu (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius)
Photo by Bernard DUPONT (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Tomorrow's bird is a wildly plumaged chicken-sized bird endemic to Borneo. Males have bright blue facial wattles. Can you guess what it is?

Birdorable Black-crowned Night Heron

Baby Birdorable: Black-crowned Night-Heron

July 29th, 2015 in Baby Birds, Herons No comments

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos of the Black-crowned Night-Heron. Black-crowned Night-Herons are colonial nesters, building their nests in trees in close proximity to other herons, egrets, and ibises. Incubation takes about 25 days and the chicks leave the nest at about 30 days of age.

Black-crowned Night Heron

Photo by Andy Morffew (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Lake Martin-7636 Black crowned night heron

Photo by Michael McCarthy (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Black-crowned Night Herons feeding chicks

Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (CC BY 2.0)

Black-crowned night heron nest

Photo by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Black-crowned Night Heron Chicks

Photo by Mike's Birds (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Stately Black-crowned Night Heron chick

Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (CC BY 2.0)

Black-crowned Night Heron - Juvenile

Photo by Ingrid Taylar photography (CC BY 2.0)

Birdorable Least Bittern

2013 Bonanza Bird #29: Least Bittern

July 29th, 2013 in Birdorable Bonanza 2013, Herons 3 comments

We’re adding new birds each day until we reach our 500th Birdorable species! Today’s Bonanza bird is species #498 overall: the Least Bittern.

Least Bittern

Least Bitterns are very small herons found in freshwater or brackish wetland-type habitats in the Americas. They are the smallest species of heron found within their range.

Least Bittern comes out to play
Least Bittern by Maureen Leong-Kee (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Least Bitterns are usually found in reed beds, sometimes over rather deep water. They can hunt for small prey like fish, frogs, and insects in water that is too deep for wading birds to enter. They perch on or straddle reeds and look down for prey. If they see something tasty, they stab into the water with their long, pointed beaks.

Least Bittern merchandise

Tune in tomorrow to see #499! Wednesday we will reveal our 500th Birdorable!

Birdorable Great Blue Heron

City Bird: Seattle's Great Blue Heron

October 10th, 2011 in Herons, City Birds 4 comments

Many countries have an official national bird. For example, the national bird of Belize is the Keel-billed Toucan, and the national bird of New Zealand is the Kiwi. All U.S. states also have official birds. But did you know that there are even some cities that have their own official bird? The official city bird of Seattle, Washington, is the Great Blue Heron. For a bustling oceanside metropolis known for its seafood, a fish-eating bird is a great choice for an official city bird. Of course, herons take other prey, including frogs, turtles, and even small mammals! Seattle is also known for its weather - lots of rain. A big blue-grey bird fits in there just fine! You can read more about the Great Blue Heron at the Seattle Audubon Society.


Birdorable Great Blue Heron with the flag of Seattle
Birdorable Great Blue Heron

Baby Birdorable: Great Blue Heron

August 20th, 2010 in Herons, Baby Birds 3 comments

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr) of the Great Blue Heron. Great Blue Herons typically nest in colonies, called heronries. A heronry may have anywhere from five to 500 breeding pairs. They build large platform nests high in trees. They will also use nesting platforms. Two to six eggs are laid and incubation lasts about 28 days.

Newborn Heron Chick
Newborn Heron Chick by GingerP43
Great Blue Heron chicks
Great Blue Heron chicks by jjwebste
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babyheron1 by sundero
Great Blue Heron Chick
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Great Blue Heron Chicks
Great Blue Heron Chicks by shell game
Great Blue Heron chicks
Great Blue Heron chicks by Kevin Fleming ( www.WildDelmarva.com )

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our (adult) Birdorable Great Blue Heron t-shirts & gifts!

Birdorable Great Blue Heron

New Coloring Pages: Great Blue Heron / Grey Heron and Hyacinth Macaw

We have two new Birdorable coloring pages for anyone who loves to color! They are: the Great Blue Heron (which can also be colored as a Grey Heron) and the endangered Hyacinth Macaw, a beautiful parrot from central South America. Go to Coloring Pages to download these two new PDFs and check the Meet the Birds page to check the colors.

Birdorable Herron and Macaw Coloring Pages

These downloads will be available until 31 March 2010. Check here for more coloring pages. Subscribe to the Birdorable Blog by RSS feed or by email to get notified when new downloads like this are added.