Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias Order: Pelecaniformes Family: Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Ardea herodias Order: Pelecaniformes Family: Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)

Our largest heron weighs about the same as a newborn baby—from 6–8 pounds. Some Great Blue Herons nest in colonies called heronries; others are fairly territorial and nest in isolated pairs. The long hind toe makes perching in trees easy. Most stick nests are constructed in trees.

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