This small, dark heron has the perfect coloration to blend in with habitat along the water’s edge: dark tones of reddish brown and deep green, with bright yellow-orange legs. Although its body is stocky, its bill is slender and long—perfect for spearing small fish, its preferred food.
A loud, hoarse skowp! often given when the bird is spooked into taking flight.
Most easily confused with the night-herons and bitterns, but the green heron is much darker overall and shows all-dark wings in flight.
Quiet wooded streams, small ponds, marshes, and almost any body of fresh water that is lined with thick vegetation may host a green heron. Scan the trees and snags along the water’s edge to find a green heron sitting quietly.
Green herons may use bait (such as bread or corn that’s been fed to ducks, or even a piece of vegetation) to attract curious fish to within striking distance.