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Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  Animal,Ardeidae,Bird,Butorides,Butorides virescens,Disney World,Epcot,Fall,Florida,Geotagged,Green Heron,Green heron,Heron,Nature,Orange County,Orlando,Pelecaniformes,United States,United States of America,Vertebrate Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. Nice! Is it a common bird in the area, or rather rare? Posted one month ago
    1. They're somewhat common throughout Florida, but they typically avoid populated areas, so it was a little unusual to see one in the middle of Disney World. Posted one month ago
      1. Beautiful bird and an asset to the park I would think ;o) Over here, we have one or two common species of Heron and the rest is scarce. Posted one month ago
        1. They fit in really well in that spot in the park. My parents thought they might've been a high-quality statue or animatronic at first.

          We have quite a few common species of heron. Great Egrets, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, and Tricolor Heron are all very common (I'll usually see at least half a dozen birds from this group of species every morning just looking out my front windows). Green Heron, Least Bittern, Cattle Egret, Black-Crowned Night Heron, and Yellow-Crowned Night Heron are also reasonably common, but not quite as common as the other five.
          Posted one month ago
          1. We have clearly destroyed too much of the natural habitats to still have such a nicely diverse fauna I'm afraid :-/ Posted one month ago
            1. We've fone a pretty good job at destroying natural habitats in Florida too, unfortunately. We just have so much water that herons will always be able to thrive in the area no matter how much we overdevelop the land. There are many fewer mammals in the area than there should be.
              Posted one month ago
  2. Nice! I've seen the species a few times but never noticed that beautiful green/yellow pattern like your photo shows. Posted one month ago
    1. This is probably the clearest I've ever seen the colors. The green really pops in direct sunlight. The healthier adults I usually see tend to stay hidden off in the shadows at the edges of ponds, causing the feathers to look more of a muted dark gray than green. Posted one month ago

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The green heron is a small heron of North and Central America. It was long considered conspecific with its sister species the striated heron , and together they were called "green-backed heron". Birds of the nominate subspecies are extremely rare vagrants to western Europe; individuals from the Pacific coast of North America may similarly stray as far as Hawaii.

Similar species: Pelecaniformes
Species identified by Joe Spandrusyszyn
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Uploaded Oct 13, 2019. Captured Sep 27, 2019 15:05 in Unnamed Road, Bay Lake, FL 32821, USA.
  • ILCE-6300
  • f/5.6
  • 1/1000s
  • ISO1250
  • 300mm