Great Blue Herons


Great Blue Herons in North Louisiana

Great blue heron in flight over an American coot in water

Did you know that adult great blue herons are the largest herons in North America?

Great Blue Herons
a Glance

Great blue heron swallowing food

Key Features:

Great blue herons are large gray-blue birds with black crowns and plumage.

Least Concern - Population Increasing


Grasslands, lake edges, marshes, meadows, and swamps

nesting habits:

Great blue herons build nests in trees or on the ground out of grass, leaves, moss, pine needles, sticks, and twigs.

seasons great blue herons are active in our area:

All year


Fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles, small birds, and small mammals

hunting Behavior:

Great blue herons forage in water by waiting and striking.

Commonly Confused With:

Great Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Sandhill Cranes, and Tricolored Herons

Snowy egret behind bramble

Great blue herons are often confused with little blue herons because both are gray-blue birds. Great blue herons have black crowns. Little blue herons have purple heads.

White morph great blue herons are often confused with great egrets because both are white birds. Great blue herons have thicker beaks and lighter legs.

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