Scientific name: albus
height: 35 in to 41in. —
bill length: 4.5 in — 5 in.
wingspan: 55 in.
weight: 2 – 3 lbs. 16″
Breeding: breeding season April-July
Nest: in colonies often with other heron species — nest is a platform of sticks in tree or bush
Eggs: pale blue eggs
Incubation: 25 days
Fledgling period: 40 days
Mature: 2 yrs
Lifespan: up to 22 yrs
Wild: fish, frogs, snakes, crayfish
Zoo: Bird of Prey Diet, whole corn, Crane diet pellets
Hunted almost to extinction in late 19th/early 20th century for mating plumes used in ladies hats.