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Tricolored Heron

Egretta tricolor

Description:

Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor), in breeding plumage, checking out its surroundings after flying in to this hunting location. << 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. >> Habitat: Wetlands: Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Florida. Notes:

Habitat:

Wetlands: Green Cay Wetlands, Boynton Beach, Florida.

Notes:

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 (22 in) long, with a 96 cm (38 in) wingspan and weighs 350 g (12 oz). 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. (credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tricolored_..................)

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9 Comments

JackEng
JackEng 9 years ago

Mary,
Thank you! Those white topknot feathers are a great complement to the colorful beak...

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 9 years ago

Stunning captures- love the second to last photo. Just love the bright blue/black beak.

JackEng
JackEng 9 years ago

Piali,
Thanks! Glad you like the shots...
See in tight shots of Tricolored Heron in breeding colors @ my spotting 10330086.

Piali Bopanna
Piali Bopanna 9 years ago

I love the colour of tit's beak! What a beautiful bird

JackEng
JackEng 9 years ago

Seema, Christy -
Thank you! I agree with you that this Tricolored Heron is both graceful and gorgeous...

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Beautiful!! His coloring is gorgeous!

Seema
Seema 9 years ago

Amazingly graceful

JackEng
JackEng 9 years ago

Gerardo,
Thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed the images.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Nice series!

JackEng
Spotted by
JackEng

Delray Beach, Florida, USA

Spotted on Apr 17, 2012
Submitted on Apr 21, 2012

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