Nature Journal
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Green Heron Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Sexes similar
- Small, short-legged and short-necked heron
- Yellow legs
- Tucks neck in close to body in flight and often at
   rest, rarely extending it
- Black cap
- Blue-gray back and wings

- Chestnut neck
- White chin
- White stripe down center of neck

- Reddish-brown and white streaks on head and neck
- Extensive white spots on wing coverts

Similar species
No similar species. Least Bittern is much smaller with buff head and neck and buff patches on wing coverts.
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