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Green Heron Butorides virescens

Green Heron Butorides virescens

Aves > Pelecaniformes > Ardeidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishGreen Heron
FrenchHéron vert
SpanishGarcita verdosa


A relatively small bird of the family of herons breeding around Montreal and the shyest one, less frequently to be spotted. Feeds on fishes and frogs at lakes, ponds and rivers. The population around Montreal migrates to Mexico in winter.

How to Identify

A distinguishable characteristic is the greenish-black cap and greenish back. Neck and side are red-brown.

Where When to Spot

I have been looking for this species for a long time and finally spotted one at a pond at the North tip of Island of Montreal.



2017-06-26Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies