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Sternum (Breast Bone) of the Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias (MCZ 347536)

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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Ciconiiformes - Ardeidae - Ardea - Ardea herodias
Species Description
The Great Blue Heron is the largest and most widespread North American heron, and can be found in a range of habitats (as long as there is water nearby). While southern populations of Great Blue Herons are sedentary, northern populations will migrate if their water habitat freezes over. The Great Blue Heron hunts by wading through the water and spearing prey with its long, sharp beak. It eats mostly fish; after spearing a fish, the heron must then dislodge the fish from its beak and catch it in its mouth. The Great Blue Heron will take other small animals as long as they are small enough to be swallowed whole; it has been known to choke on prey that is too large.
Specimen Information
Species Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)
Element Sternum (Breast Bone)
Specimen Number MCZ 347536
Geological Age Recent
Technical Information
Scanner Roland Picza
Resolution 100 ┬Ám
Number of Data Points 26100
Number of Data Polygons 52214
Date Scanned June 09, 2008
Scan Technician Michael Krzyzak
Edited By Michael Krzyzak

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