Tricolored heron

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Tricolored Heron

Egretta tricolor

Range/Geographical Distribution: Eastern United States and Central America south to Brazil.  Winters south of North Carolina.

Habitat: Marshes, swamps, streams, and shores. 

Similar Species:  Great blue heron, and little blue heron.

Description:  A medium-sized wading bird with a white belly and white neck stripe. The neck is blue-brown, the legs are yellow, and the back is blue. 

Size: Length:  23-28” Wingspan:  37” Weight: 415g

Food:  Hunts small fish and invertebrates in shallow waters.

Breeding:  Nests in trees in colonies among coastal wetlands and freshwater marshes.  Lays three or four blue/green eggs in a twig and grass nest.

Predators:  Eggs fall prey to raccoons, crows, and vultures.

Conservation Status: The tricolored heron is listed as least concern by IUCN.

Interesting Facts:  Tricolored herons are monogamous and males gather the twigs that the female use to build a nest.

On the Coast:  Tricolored herons are often seen wading near Georgia beaches, saltmarshes, estuaries, and swamps in search of prey.

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