Distribution / Breeding:
The Tri-colored Heron is found in the Gulf states of the USA and northern Mexico south through Central America and the Caribbean to central Brazil and Peru.
The Tri-colored Heron measures about 56 cm (22 in) in length and has a wingspan of about 96 cm (38 in). The average weight is 350 g.
This medium-large, long-legged, long-necked heron has a long pointed yellowish or greyish bill with a black tip. The legs and feet are dark.
The head, neck, back and upperwings are blue-grey. There is a white line along the neck. The abdomen is white.
Breeding birds have long blue filamentous plumes on the head and neck, and buff ones on the back.