great blue heron


Definition of great blue heron

: a large slaty-blue American heron (Ardea herodias) that has a dark crown, showy plumes on the head and neck, is about 46 inches (117 centimeters) long, and includes a white morph — see great white heron

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Recent Examples on the Web The great blue heron stands tall in both art and nature. René A. Guzman,, "The great blue heron towers above other water birds," 29 Dec. 2020 The grebes returned in pairs; a great blue heron pranced by, high stepping through shallow water and probing at likely sources of food. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Nature brings reassuring message after a long year," 26 Dec. 2020 The adult great blue heron caught the juvenile alligator and flew with it to the lakeside location where Gilliam filmed it. NBC News, "Vaccines are on the way, but who should get them first? The Morning Rundown," 11 Dec. 2020 An adult great blue heron caught a juvenile alligator and flew with it to the lakeside location where Gilliam filmed it. NBC News, "Florida bird caught on video swallowing whole alligator," 10 Dec. 2020 The first few months of living with a greyhound feel like sharing a space with a deer, an alligator, a great blue heron. Ashley Stimpson, Longreads, "Shades of Grey," 31 Oct. 2020 They are surrounded by other flora and fauna indigenous to Connecticut: great blue heron, blackback gull, black sea bass, peregrine falcon, white-tailed deer, loggerhead turtle, etc. Susan Dunne,, "CT Art Trail celebrates 25th anniversary with exhibit at Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford," 16 Oct. 2020 Pelicans dove, magnificent frigate birds glided overhead, and a great blue heron took flight from the water. Washington Post, "On Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, a voyage of discovery," 17 July 2020 While patrolling the beach on September 5, observing terns, the 18-year-old spotted what initially looked like a great blue heron, a waterbird commonly seen there. Maureen Seaberg And Douglas Main, National Geographic, "Gray heron seen for first time in contiguous U.S., as species expands range," 21 Sep. 2020

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Great blue heron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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