Tricolored Heron

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. 

Description:

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.

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Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron

Bill Shape
dagger
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
baja california
california
caribbean
colorado
connecticut
cuba
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
nova scotia
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yucatan
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
broad-wings
pointed-wings
Habitat
lakes rivers ponds
Grasslands
Marshes
Color
gray
Body Shape
long-legged
Size
large
Order
waterbirds - pelican, spoonbill, heron, egret, ibis - pelecaniformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species