green heron

noun

Definition of green heron

: a small yellow-legged American heron (Butorides virescens synonym B. striatus) with a greenish back and chestnut neck and chest

called also green-backed heron

Examples of green heron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The total bird population in the two countries has fallen by almost 3 billion, with grassland birds such as western meadowlarks and American sparrows and shorebirds such as green herons taking the biggest hits. NBC News, "U.S., Canada have lost 3 billion birds. Scientists say 'nature is unraveling.'," 19 Sep. 2019 Sightings at Crane WMA in Falmouth included 3 blue grosbeaks, a blue-winged warbler, an Eastern meadowlark, 3 green herons, and a sharp-shinned hawk. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 13 Aug. 2019 The beaver pond produced other waders as usual: a great egret that has become a fixture there, and a green heron. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Searching Charlotte’s greenways for soaring birds," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of green heron

1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Green heron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/green%20heron. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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