Heron family (Ardeidae)
A small heron, 1 foot tall, 2 foot wingspan. Greenish back, reddish-brown neck and chest, short yellow legs. Looks short-necked because it holds its head close to its body.
Shores and water edges with dense vegetation.
Nests in small colonies. Nest of sticks, placed in tree. Eggs are pale blue-green.
“Skow” call is given when flushed and in flight.
The genus name Butorides is from the Latin for “bittern.” The species name virescens is from the Latin for "green."
In the Nature Park:
Year-round resident. Less common than the Great Blue Heron and very shy.