green heron


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 Noteworthy sightings included a green heron in Belchertown, a blue grosbeak in Hadley, and a yellow-bellied flycatcher in Easthampton., 2 Oct. 2021 Berkshire County: The region was highlighted by a golden eagle in New Ashford, a dickcissel at Linear Park in Williamstown, and a green heron in Lee., 17 Oct. 2021 Hampshire County: Some notable sightings were a Connecticut warbler in Northampton, a green heron, a Tennessee warbler and a dickcissel in Hadley, and a brant and a white-winged crossbill at the Quabbin headquarters in Belchertown., 23 Oct. 2021 Birders said the loon got a little spooked when a goose and a green heron at different times flew low to check it out. Washington Post, 6 May 2021 Highlights featured a red-headed woodpecker at Sibley Farm in Spencer and four sandhill cranes and a green heron at the Bolton Flats., 17 Apr. 2021 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, 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., 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, 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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