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Old Thursday 21st December 2006, 04:58   #1
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Green Heron or juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron? - Tucson AZ

I saw these two birds at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson Arizona a few days ago. I was hoping to see a Green Heron but am not at all sure that's what I am looking at. I've not seen a juvenile BCNH or a Green Heron before, so am quite uncertain of my identification.

Sorry about the photos -- it was dusk and there wasn't much light.

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Old Thursday 21st December 2006, 05:04   #2
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Green Heron. Juvi Black-crowned Night-heron will have a more upright posture (most of the time) and will be brown and have a streaky front.
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Old Thursday 21st December 2006, 05:05   #3
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I saw these two birds at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson Arizona a few days ago. I was hoping to see a Green Heron but am not at all sure that's what I am looking at. I've not seen a juvenile BCNH or a Green Heron before, so am quite uncertain of my identification.

Sorry about the photos -- it was dusk and there wasn't much light.

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Both photos appear to be of Green Heron. Note the rufous tones to the neck and breast streaking, and the dark green tones to the wing feathering.
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Yup - Green you got! Breast streaks = Green or juvie B-C, dark cap = Green or older B-C. So already, you know it's a Green. Plus those streaks are rufous. Also, the legs of the bird being muddied yellow and the white dots on the wing feathers make it a juvie (HY) bird.
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