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Green Heron


This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.

Latin Name

Butorides virescens


This heron fractured his wing and now has limited flight. He has been at CuriOdyssey since 1997.

Fun Facts

The Green Heron are one of the few tool-using birds; it will drop bait on the surface of water and grab the fish that are attracted to the bait. A group of herons may be called a “battery,” “hedge,” “pose,” “rookery,” or “scattering.”

Birth Date


Diet in the Wild

Fish, frogs, small snakes, aquatic insects, and occasionally mice.

Diet at the Museum

Smelt, hard boiled egg.

Life Span

In the Wild: ~10 years.
In Captivity: ~10-15 years.


Found in marshlands/wetlands, freshwater, and brackish ponds.


North America and Central America.

Conservation Status:

Protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. No special status; populations appear stable, although it ’s difficult determine accurate numbers due to the Green Heron’s shy and secretive nature.

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Your contribution helps provide my food, toys, and medical care. I’ll stay at the museum, and you’ll get a photo of me and a certificate as reminders of your generosity. Check out our adoption section and see all of our adoption levels.


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