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Great Blue Heron
(Ardea herodias)
walrus
Description
They have long, rounded wings, long bills that taper to a point at the end, and short tails. They also have very long necks and legs. The bills are a yellowish color and the legs are green. Great blue herons have gray upper bodies, and their necks are streaked with white, black and rust-brown. They have grey feathers on the back of their necks with chestnut colored feathers on their thighs. The males tend to be slightly larger than females.
Dimensions
Their length ranges from 36 to 54 inches, and a wingspan from 66 to 79 inches. Their height ranges from 45 to 54 inches, and a weight of 4.6 to 7.9 lb.
Diet
Their diet consists of mainly fish, but also includes frogs, salamanders, lizards, snakes, birds, small mammals, shrimps, crabs, crayfish , dragonflies, grasshoppers, and many other aquatic insects.
Habitat & Range
They live near sources of water, including rivers, lake edges, marshes, saltwater seacoasts, and swamps. They can be found in plains, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, California, Texas, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Eastern Canada, Western Canada, Alaska, New England, Northwest, Southeast and Florida.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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