Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

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 and 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.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Parc Pointe aux Prairies

    Monday, June 26, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 450mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f16.0
    ISO 2200

Common Names

Grünreiher [de]
Green Heron [en]
Garcita verdosa [es]
Héron vert [fr]


Butorides virescens