Here are some more pictures of one of my favorite birds.
- Large, gray bird.
- Long legs
- Long, "S"-shaped neck.
- Long, thick bill.
- White crown stripe.
- Black plume extending from behind eye to off the back of the neck.
- Shaggy feathers on neck and back.
- Bluish gray back, wings, and belly.
- Reddish or gray neck.
- White morph all white with pale legs, yellow bill.
Juvenile similar to adult, but has gray crown, a dark upper bill, rusty brown edging to back feathers, and lacks body plumes.
- Sandhill Crane is larger, has a prominent tuft of bushy feathers on its rump, a shorter bill, and a red cap, and is found in fields rather than ponds.
- Little Blue Heron is much smaller and more slender, lacks plumes on the head, is entirely uniform dark blue-gray, has a dark bill with a bluish base, and greenish legs.
- Tricolored Heron is more slender, has white head plumes, and a white belly contrasting sharply with the dark chest.
- Great Egret differs from white morph by being more slender, lacking head plumes, and having black legs.