Shikepoke Green Heron and Blue, Blue Heron





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Uploaded on May 18, 2008

The video shows a Shikepoke, also a name for the Green Heron (Butorides virescens), a resident of North and Central America. The adults have a glossy, greenish-black cap, an iridescent greenish back and wings that into green or blue and short yellow legs. It is divided into several subspecies of different appearance.

Video shows a rare close-up showing its iridescent feathers and crest. It is hunting and stalking with its crest erected.

It is one of a few tool-using birds. It opten drops bait onto the surface of the water and grabs the small fish that are attracted.

This Heron is part of a complex of small herons that sometimes are considered one species. When lumped, they are termed Green-backed Herons.

This bird is also called a Shikepoke, which is actually three birds: 1. the bittern 2. the small green heron of N America (Butorides virescens) and 3. the black-crowned night heron.

Although most blue herons are brown or grey, the one at the end of the video was a nice light blue.

The green heron is listed in some places as vulnerable or sensitive:

The American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus), which is also called the Shikepoke , is an endangered species in Ohio. They are difficult to see and find. They often are found stalking animals along shorelines as shown in another video, Endangered Bittern Kingfisher Red-winged blackbird attack:

The American bittern is endangered because it is dependant on specialized marshes. These wetlands have declined. It is an uncommon to rare migrant species. It is large up to 35 inches tall with a 50-inch wingspan.


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