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Green Heron

Butorides virescens (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
Green Heron - Butorides virescens anthonyi Elias Aristides Elias 2015-05-19 Arcata, Humboldt County, California, Humboldt (United States) (30 m) song -

This 1+ minute long recording documents 7 vocalizations of a Green Heron. The vocalist was not seen uttering these noises. However, there were Green Herons in the area and even in the tree that this vocalist was in. The sound source was within 15 meters of the microphone. This file begins with all 7 vocs back to back for comparative purposes and to display well on the spectrogram. This prelude is followed by a second of silence. What follows that is the unedited and unmodified recording of the natural spacing of this bird’s utterances.

The first 4 and then 7th calls have a introductory element which is reminiscent of the typical “skow” vocalization but softer and not as loud. That introductory element grades into a low-pitched growl. The 5th and 6th calls begin at 0:05.3 lack the introductory element and seem to be solely the growl. Could be the male song as described in the account 'During breeding season, advertising calls or song by male are show-ch or ow-ch (Townsend 1928). Low-pitched skow call given from top of tree or other perch with bill up at 45° angle.'

Additional details regarding context may be found at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23971407

This recording was made with an iPhone 5s with a on-board microphone and Røde Rec application.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

253709
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens Eric DeFonso 2014-03-08 Laguna Cartagena WR, Lajas, Lajas (Puerto Rico) (10 m) call -

Series of skyow calls. Habitat is wetland reserve amid dry tropical forest/agricultural area.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

173640
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens Manuel Grosselet 2016-05-18 Laguna Palo verde, Cuyutlan, Armería Municipality, Colima, Colima (Mexico) (10 m) call -

Wildtronics mono amplified and DR05

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

317604
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens Paul Marvin 2013-08-06 Scrub Ridge Trail, Merritt Island NWR, Brevard County, Florida, Brevard (United States) (0 m) call -

perched on dead palm overlooking marsh, perhaps annoyed by my presence

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

145807
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens Paul Marvin 2014-05-26 Gumbo Limbo Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida, Miami-Dade (United States) (0 m) call -

in small pond in subtropical hammock

agitated by Barred Owl perched above which moved

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

218818
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens virescens Frank Lambert 2015-04-15 Chacalilla, San Blas, Nayarit, Nayarit (Mexico) (10 m) call -

playback-used:no

352109
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens Paul Marvin 2013-08-04 Viera Wetlands, Florida, Brevard (United States) (10 m) alarm call -

in short flight after being disturbed by me

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

145806
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens Albert Lastukhin 2017-01-18 Sámara, Provincia de Guanacaste, Guanacaste (Costa Rica) (10 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

372645
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens virescens Juan Carlos Pérez M. 2017-04-15 Santuario Bosque de Niebla, Veracruz (Mexico) (1400 m) alarm call -

Cuerpo de agua dentro del bosque de niebla, audio amplificado 20dB y filtrado High pass.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

365404
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens virescens Russ Wigh 2013-08-03 Savannah, Chatham, Georgia, Chatham (United States) (5 m) alarm call, call -

Recording made near a known nesting site. Young have fledged but seem to be close by. Two or more birds were vocalizing across a lagoon at about 25 meters from one another. There did not appear to be any exaggerated display from any of the birds.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

144306
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens Orlando Jarquín G. 2015-09-05 Chinandega, Chinandega, Chinandega (Nicaragua) (60 m) song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

278359
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens Antonio Xeira 2015-09-23 Stony Creek Metropark North, Macomb (United States) (240 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

282513
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens Joost van Bruggen 2019-05-16 Newport, Curaçao, Netherlands (Netherlands) (10 m) alarm call - [sono] 481219
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens Paul Marvin 2013-06-21 Viera Wetlands, Florida, Brevard (United States) (10 m) call -

Called twice (two loader calls) while trying to chase a Fish Crow (called three times) father away from its perch

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

139960
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens anthonyi Elias Aristides Elias 2015-05-19 Arcata, Humboldt County, California, Humboldt (United States) (30 m) wing noise display -

This 20-second long recording documents 2 flight displays of an adult Green Heron. This heron did an aerial display within the canopy of an Red Alder. It only made a mechanical noise with its wings. This heron had just flown into the tree from the river bed. It landed and perched for a few seconds. It then flew with the body held at a 45˚ angle and a hunched back. The wings were not lifted much above horizontal but were deeply flapped under the body. The wings were quite flared. This noise was created in the downflap. This bird flapped 10 times. This bird landed perhaps 5 meters above where it took off and disappeared from view and was not seen again. At 0:19 it made a second display also with 10 flaps. The sound source was within 15 meters of the microphone. This cut is an unedited and unmodified recording of the natural spacing of this bird’s display.

This is what the Birds of North America account has to say: 'Flap Flight Display is highest intensity of flight displays, where male lurches through air with exaggerated flapping producing whom-whoom-whoom sound, neck crooked, legs dangling, skow ing, crest, neck, and scapular feathers erect, sometimes giving roo-roo calls before landing.'

Davis, Jr., W. E. and J. A. Kushlan. 1994. Green Heron (Butorides virescens), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/129

Additional details regarding context may be found at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23971407

This recording was made with an iPhone 5s with on-board microphone and Røde Rec application.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

253773
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens virescens Andrew Spencer 2012-05-22 Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area, Lake Co., Florida, Lake (United States) (20 m) call (A) - natural vocalizations; calls from an adult bird initially perched on the edge of a freshwater marsh, then in flight. bird-seen:yes playback-used:no 109032
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens Paul Marvin 2013-07-23 Biolab Road, Canaveral National Seashore, Brevard County, Florida, Brevard (United States) (0 m) flight call -

two individuals in flight over marsh

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

143603
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens Paul Marvin 2014-06-05 Peacocks Pocket Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, Brevard (United States) (0 m) flight call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

218816
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens Paul Marvin 2013-08-25 Viera Wetlands, Florida, Brevard (United States) (10 m) call -

disturbed by me, it flew into marsh and called as it landed

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

147343
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens virescens David Darrell-Lambert 2019-08-25 Oistins, Christ Church, Christ Church (Barbados) (10 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

495847
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Green Heron - Butorides virescens virescens Frank Lambert 2015-04-15 Chacalilla, San Blas, Nayarit, Nayarit (Mexico) (10 m) call -

playback-used:no

352110
xeno-canto.org
Green Heron - Butorides virescens Daniel Lane 2012-03-25 Farr Park, E Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, East Baton Rouge (United States) (20 m) song, call (B) - Song in response to playback from unseen bird about 2m up inside vegetation at edge of pond, followed by calls either by the same individual or another (interval in between song and calls shortened). 97373
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Green Heron - Butorides virescens Albert Lastukhin 2017-01-18 Sámara, Provincia de Guanacaste, Guanacaste (Costa Rica) (10 m) flight call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

371461
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Green Heron - Butorides virescens Martin St-Michel 2013-06-30 Baie-du-Febvre, Centre Bois-Francs: Nicolet-Yamaska (Canada) (10 m) call -

Adult calling from a small tree with three Black-crowned Night-Heron around. Habitat: freshwater marsh.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

141841
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