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Great Blue Heron

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Great Blue Heron

The great blue heron is a common sight on western rivers. All herons are wading birds with long necks, long legs, and a long bill for fishing in shallow waters; the distinctive feature of this heron is its color. The great blue can reach a height of four feet with a six-foot wingspan, but it is adapted more for wading than flying and will usually fly only short distances at fairly low elevations.

Egrets are closely related to the heron and they share a similar body shape and flight pattern, though the egrets are strikingly pure white. Also related are night herons and bitterns.

 

   
   
 

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