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Measures from 91 to 102 cm., Slender neck and long slender legs. Everything is white plumage and long legs, black, iris, forum and yellow beak. The breeding plumage shows the scapular feathers are elongated and conspicuous. Juveniles are similar to adults. In mating season, both sexes boast a dorsal plume characteristic of the species, have a bunch of thin, long feathers, which seem sparse and broken by long filaments. There are flat if not filamentous vexilos they hang from the shaft. These feathers give this an attractive heron beauty, born at the height of the shoulders, to the back, past the finish line. These feathers are falling as the nesting season progresses.
Commonly lives in mangroves, estuaries, freshwater swamps, lakes and rivers, especially in the lowlands. Sonbre generally high perch trees with other colonial water birds. In thickets near water. Presenta una amplia distribución en tierras bajas, como la costa pacífica colombiana, en la Guajira, Norte de Santander, Boyacá, Cundinamarca, Bolívar y Córdoba entre otros. Ocasionalmente en humedales altoandinos (Sabana de Bogotá, laguna de Tota, Laguna de la Cocha, entre otros)