Greenbacked Heron

This small heron is easily overlooked in the dense vegetation in which it lives. A bird of either saltwater or freshwater habitats, it feeds by quietly waiting at the water's edge and then seizing fish, crabs, and other aquatic animals. Sometimes it floats small objects on the water as "bait" for fish. Green-backed Herons hold feeding territories, which they defend from one another.

• NEST A thin platform of sticks and reeds, built in a tree or in a bush, beside or overhanging water.

• DISTRIBUTION Breeds in North and Central America. Winters from

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