Green Heron (Mary Perk)

Length 40-48cm (16-19″). Common resident breeder, winter visitor and passage migrant to the Cayman Islands. Prefers all wetland habitats, including Ironshore, but especially mangrove. Solitary. Often seen stalking prey from the roots of red mangrove trees, head tipped down towards the water surface. Roosts with neck folded, appearing squat and unheronlike. The Green heron is one of the few birds which uses tools to hunt – it will drop small pieces of bait (feathers, insects etc.) onto the water\’s surface, to attract fish upwards, within reach of its beak.

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