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.

    ORIGINAL IMAGE SIZE

    Vector drawing (infinitely scaleable)

    MATERIALS

    Vector image drawn in Affinity Designer