North American Bird Photos and Facts

Large Wading Birds - Page 2

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue HeronSize - 25-29 inches long.
Habitat - Marshes, lakes, lagoons, and swamps.
Nesting - The nest is a platform of sticks on the ground, a bush, or a tree. 2-40 feet above ground or water.
Eggs - 2 to 3, olive with dark brown spots. Incubation 21 days, by both sexes.
Food - Fish, frogs, and reptiles.

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored HeronSize - 24-26 inches long.
Habitat - Lakes, marshes, and lagoons.
Nesting - The nest is a platform of sticks on the ground, a bush, or a tree. 20 feet above ground or water.
Eggs - 3 to 7, pale greenish blue. Incubation 21-25 days, by both sexes.
Food - Mostly fish, worms, insects, and reptiles.

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black-crowned Night-heronSize - 23-28 inches long.
Habitat - Rivers, wooded swamps, and marshes.
Nesting - The nest is a mass of reed, sticks or twigs among reeds in a marsh or 160 feet above the ground in a tree.
Eggs - 1 to 6, pale bluish green. Incubation 24-26 days, by both sexes. Young leave the nest 6-7 weeks after hatching. Nest in large colonies.
Food - Fish, frogs, and crustaceans.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue HeronSize - 50-54 inches long
Habitat - Marshes, lakes, rivers, and shores.
Nesting - The nest is a platform of sticks in bushes or trees up to 100 feet above the ground, or on rocks or cliffs. Usually nests in colonies.
Eggs - 3 to 7, pale blue or greenish. Incubation about 28 days, by both parents. Young leave the nest about 8 weeks after hatching.
Food - Fish, frogs, snakes, and small animals.

White Ibis

White IbisSize - 13-15 inches long.
Habitat - Inland marshes, lakes, and beaches.
Nesting - The nest is a sturdy cup of reeds and marsh grass, in salt marsh.
Eggs - 2 to 3, olive with dark brown spots. Incubation 21 days.
Food - Insects and small fish.

White-faced Ibis

White-faced IbisSize - 50 to 70 inches long
Habitat - Marshes, lakes, and coastal lagoons.
Nesting - The nest is a large mound of soil and plant debris on an island or in a marsh.
Eggs - 1 to 6, dull white. Incubation about 5 weeks, by both parents. Young leave the nest four weeks after hatching.
Food - Fish, caught as bird swims along the surface.

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