|Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
|Cayo Coco, Cuba
The Great Blue Heron breeds in North and Central America, the West Indies and Galapagos. It is partly migratory with birds from Alaska, Canada and the northern states wintering in southern USA, Cuba, the West Indies and northern parts of South America. Some birds are permanent residents in Cuba but during the northern winter they are joined by some migrants.
|It forms a superspecies with Cocoi Heron A. cocoi and Grey Heron A. cinerea. Indeed some authorities consider Great Blue Heron to be a sub-species of Grey Heron.
It is found in marshes, swamps and the margins of lakes and rivers.
|It feeds on fish, reptiles, amphibian and nestlings.|