Long Legged Waders

Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias
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Length: 46 in. (117 cm )
Usually found near water, this heron also occasionally hunts for food in upland areas and fields. It eats mainly fish but also feeds on small birds, mammals and garbage. The large bulky nests are made of sticks and placed in small colonies in isolated trees.

The four-digit banding code is GBHE.

Marsh / swamp


Open water

Riparian / River forest

Urban city
Bird Sound Type: Screeching
Sex of Bird: Male
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Great Blue Heron
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: June 8, 2023
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/great-blue-heron

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Great Blue Heron. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved June 8, 2023 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/great-blue-heron

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

Chicago Manual of Style

Dr. Biology. "Great Blue Heron". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/great-blue-heron

MLA 2017 Style

Dr. Biology. "Great Blue Heron". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 8 Jun 2023. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/great-blue-heron

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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