Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
Heron (Ardeidae) Family

Photo courtesy Mike Carter, Pensacola, Florida

Identification: Large, gray-blue bird with a black stripe extending above the eye. The white foreneck is streaked with black. A breeding adult has a yellowish bill and ornate plumes on the head, neck, and back. Nonbreeding adults lacks the plumes, and the bill is bright yellow. Juveniles have a black crown, no plumes. The all-white morph is found in southern Florida was formerly considered a separate species.

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