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Little Blue Heron

egretta caerulea

Description:

An adult Little Blue Heron on a beach. It is a medium-large, long-legged heron with a long pointed blue or greyish bill with a black tip. Breeding adult birds have blue-grey plumage except for the head and neck, which are purplish and have long blue filamentous plumes. The legs and feet are dark blue. The sexes are similar. Non-breeding adults have dark blue head and neck plumage and paler legs. Young birds are all white except for dark wing tips and have dull greenish legs. They gradually acquire blue plumage as they mature.

Habitat:

Spotted on a beach on the West Coast of Antigua. The little blue 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. Three to seven light blue eggs are laid. The little blue heron stalks its prey methodically in shallow water, often running as it does so. It eats fish, frogs, crustaceans, small rodents and insects.

Notes:

Interesting fact that I've witnessed in person: Young white little blue herons often mingle with snowy egrets. The snowy egret tolerates their presence more than little blue herons in adult plumage. These young birds actually catch more fish when in the presence of the snowy egret and also gain a measure of protection from predators when they mix into flocks of white herons. It is plausible that because of these advantages, they remain white for their first year.

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4 Comments

Stefania Romoff
Stefania Romoff 4 years ago

Thank you so much Kathleen and Sigg

SG in CR
SG in CR 4 years ago

Great spotting, I especially enjoyed the informative description and notes.

Enjoyed your notes!

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 4 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Antigua and Barbuda

Lat: 17.08, Long: -61.82

Spotted on Jun 17, 2013
Submitted on Jan 13, 2015

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