Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

Order

CICONIIFORMES

Family

Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)

Code 4

GBHE

Code 6

ARDHER

ITIS

HEAD

Great Blue Heron Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Dagger
  • Eye Color: Shades of yellow, varying with region.
  • Head pattern: Capped, Crested or plumed, Eyering, Unique pattern
  • Crown Color: White with bold black lines on sides.
  • Forehead Color: White
  • Nape Color: Gray-buff
  • Throat Color: Gray with black and white streaks on midline of fore neck.
  • Cere color: No Data

SPONSORED ADVERTISEMENTS

BODY

Great Blue Heron Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 117-132 cm (46-52 in)
  • Weight: 3628 g (128 oz)
  • Size: Very Large (32 - 72 in)
  • Color Primary: Gray
  • Underparts: Blue-gray, with black sides, and red-brown upper legs.
  • Upperparts: Pale blue-gray
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid

FLIGHT

Great Blue Heron Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Direct flight with slow steady wing beats.
  • Wingspan Range: 196-208 cm (77-82 in)
  • Wing Shape: Broad-Wings, Pointed-Wings
  • Tail shape: Squared Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Solid
  • Upper Tail: Blue-gray
  • Under Tail: White
  • Leg Color: Gray to brown-green.
.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X