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The Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) formerly known in North America as the Louisiana Heron, is a small heron. It is a resident breeder from the Gulf states of the USA and northern Mexico south through Central America and the Caribbean to central Brazil and Peru. There is some post-breeding dispersal to well north of the nesting range.

Tricolored Heron's breeding habitat is sub-tropical swamps. It nests in colonies, often with other herons, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. In each clutch, 3-7 eggs are typically laid.

This species is about 56 cm long, with a 96 cm wingspan and weighs 350 g . It is a medium-large, long-legged, long-necked heron with a long pointed yellowish or greyish bill with a black tip. The legs and feet are dark.

Adults have a blue-grey head, neck, back and upperwings, with a white line along the neck. The belly is white. In breeding plumage, they have long blue filamentous plumes on the head and neck, and buff ones on the back.

Tricolored Heron stalks its prey in shallow or deeper water, often running as it does so. It eats fish, crustaceans, reptiles and insects.


Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern.

Hilty, Birds of Venezuela ISBN 0-7136-6418-5

"National Geographic" Field Guide to the Birds of North America ISBN 0-7922-6877-6

Stiles and Skutch, A guide to the birds of Costa Rica ISBN 0-8014-9600-4

External links

Tricolored Heron - Egretta tricolor - USGS Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter

Tricolored Heron Species Account - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Tricolored Heron Information and Photos - South Dakota Birds and Birding

Field Guide on Flickr

Tricolored Heron Bird Sound

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