Great Blue Heron


What does a great blue heron look like?

These herons have white, brown, gray, blue and black feathers.  They have a long, sharp bill (beak).  Their brown-orange legs are skinny and long.  Great blue herons can be four feet tall.  They weight between five and eight pounds.


Where do great blue herons live?

These big birds live along rivers, lakes, swamps, marshes, and shores in North America.  Herons build nests in tall trees, on the ground or on cliffs.  Great blue herons fly south for the winter.


What do great blue herons eat?

They eat fish, lizards, frogs, crawfish, rodents and insects.  The heron pokes their prey with their bill, throws it in the air and then swallows it.


More facts about great blue herons:

- Herons sleep standing in water at night.

- Its feathers are waterproof.

- The heron can fly but cannot swim.  It wades around in the water.

- This big bird likes to stand on one leg.

- A heron can fly between 20 and 30 miles per hour.

- A baby heron is called a chick.

- Great blue herons live about fifteen years.

- Enemies of the great blue heron are eagles, raccoon, bears, turkey vultures and red-tailed hawks.