Baking: Great Blue Heron


Ardea herodias

Length: 40-50 in Wingspan: 65-80 in Weight: 5-6 lbs


Blue/gray body; neck reddish gray on back and streaked black and white on front. Black and white head with orange bill. In Florida, occasionally found in an all white form.



Resident throughout the continental United States, with range extending into Canada in summer and Central America in winter.

Cool Facts:

Great Blue Herons are extremely adaptable hunters, spearing prey in secluded swamps, agricultural fields, neighborhood ponds, oceanic kelp beds, and, for some unlucky farmers, fish hatcheries.

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