Close-up of Green Heron with fish. Background is green algae pond.

Green Heron with Fish
Close-up of Green Heron with fish. Background is green algae pond.
Species: Green-backed Heron   Butorides striata
Author: RJanaswamy
Monday, September 1, 2014
Added to IBC: 17 Oct 2014 - 23:10
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Altitude (m): 
75 meters


The habitat of the Green Heron is small wetlands in low-lying areas. When standing erect, the neck will stretch three times as long as shown in the picture. The species is most conspicuous during dusk and dawn, and if anything these birds are nocturnal rather than diurnal, preferring to retreate to sheltered areas in daytime. They feed actively during the day, however, if hungry or provisioning young. They typically stand still on shore or in shallow water or perch upon branches and await prey that mainly consists of small fish, frogs and aquatic arthropods.

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RJanaswamy, IBC1069518. Accessible at

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RJanaswamy, IBC1069518. Photo of Green-backed Heron Butorides striata at Amherst, USA (United States). Accessible at

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