The Galapagos Great Blue Heron is the largest of the herons in these Islands.
This bird can be found nesting on most of the bigger islands like isabela, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal
Great blue herons, (Ardea herodias) have a wingspan of almost two meters.
It is a fierce and very efficient predator feeding mainly on marine iguanas, lava lizards and common fish.
Great blue herons are very common all over North and Central America as well as the West Indies and of course in the Galapagos, except in deserts and high mountains where there is no water.
Great blue herons in Galapagos have blue-gray feathers on most of its body and a plume of feathers on its chest and back. It also has a long yellow beak and funny long legs.
Adult herons have blue-grey wings, they are white on the top of their heads and have long black plumes above their eyes.
The Great Blue Heron is 130 cm or 4 ft tall, it has approximately 210 cm or 7 ft wingspan and weighs around 2.5 kg. The great blue heron bird is tall and its wings, neck, beak, and legs are long too.
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When flying the blue heron holds its head against the shoulders, and the long neck is doubled back, its long legs follow behind in a straight position. This bird flies with slow but strong wing beats.
When on land, or in the water, its walking is erect with long paces. The Galapagos great blue Heron usually can live up to 17 years.
The Galapagos great blue heron looks for food constantly during the day and night. It feeds mostly in calm freshwater and along seacoasts.
These birds feed on small fish or crabs, it also eats shellfish, insects, mice, frogs, reptiles, and occasionally small birds are also part of its diet.
The blue heron's habitat is always near the water. That's why it is commonly seen by lakes, in marine environments near the coast, rivers, lakes, road ditches, mangroves, swamps, streams and in general in freshwater habitats.
They usually nest in colonies consisting from a dozen to a couple of hundred pairs.
In the Galapagos Islands we find five species of herons, several of these species are similar to the ones in North America.
These Species Are:
Birdwatching in Galapagos is an incredible experience. Whether you are walking, sea kayaking or exploring the Galapagos Islands, take a moment to enjoy the graceful beauty of the Galapagos great blue heron.
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