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Great White Heron (Ardea herodias)

great white heron

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Great white herons are very large birds. They grow to lengths of 50 - 54 inches long! Foods they may eat include fish, frogs, snakes and small mammals.

The great white heron is a variation of the great blue heron. These birds can be either blue or white! Great blue and great white herons are alike except for their color.

Great white herons have a limited range, which normally includes the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park. It is rarely seen outside of these areas.

The great white heron is often confused with the great egret. Consider your geographical location and look for the heron's distinguishing light colored legs to aid recognition.

Can YOU tell a great white heron from a great egret?

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Last updated: 15 January, 2013 @ 12:44 PM (KP)