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Green Heron - Butorides virescens

A relatively small bird of the family of herons breeding around Montreal and the shyest one, less frequently to be spotted. Feeds on fishes and frogs at lakes, ponds and rivers. The population around Montreal migrates to Mexico in winter.

Common Names

  • Green Heron (en)
  • Garcita verdosa (es)
  • Héron vert (fr)
  • Grünreiher (de)


  • Pelecaniformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Butorides virescens

Where & When to Spot

I have been looking for this species for a long time and finally spotted one at a pond at the North tip of Island of Montreal.

How to Identify

A distinguishable characteristic is the greenish-black cap and greenish back. Neck and side are red-brown.


Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

Park Pointe aux Prairies - 2017-06-26

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 450mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f16.0; Iso 2200;

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