Great Blue Heron

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  • Class: Aves

  • Order: Pelecaniformes

  • Family: Ardeidae

  • Genus: Ardea

  • Species: A. herodias

ARTIST'S NOTES

This illustration of a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) was completed on January 17, 2018. The drawing is based on a composite of images, with the heron based on a photo I took at the Sepulveda Basin in 2015. 

INFORMATION ABOUT Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron occurs from central Canada, throughout all of the lower 48 United States, many of the Caribbean islands, and south in winter to northern South America. It forms a superspecies with the similar Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) of the Old World, and the Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi) of South America. Plumage variability throughout its range includes an all-white subspecies in southern Florida and the Caribbean, and intergrades with colored body plumage and white heads. It is the largest heron species in North America.

  • Length: 36–54 in (91–137 cm)
  • Wingspan: 66–79 in (167–201 cm)
  • Weight: 4.0–7.9 lb (1.82–3.6 kg)
  • Habitat: Fresh, brackish, and saltwater wetlands.
  • Food: Their varied diet includes small fish, crustaceans, frogs, aquatic insects, small mammals, and small birds. 
  • Reproduction: Nests colonially, often with other herons, on flimsy platforms of sticks typically placed high in trees. Typical clutch size is three to sex eggs. Eggs are pale blue. Both sexes incubate, with the incubation period lasting around 27 days. Fledging ranges from 55 to 80 days.
  • Conservation Status: NatureServe Global Status - G5 (Secure), IUCN Red List - LC (Least Concern)
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ORIGINAL IMAGE SIZE

Vector drawing (infinitely scaleable)

MATERIALS

Vector image drawn in Affinity Designer


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