- Egretta caerulea
Height 51–76 cm (20-30 in)
Ws. 102 cm
Weight 325 g
- Blue-grey body
- Purplish head and neck
- Long blue plumes
- Dark blue legs and feet
- Dark blue head and neck
- Paler legs
- All white except for dark wing tips and have
- Yellowish or greenish legs
Gradually acquire blue plumage as they mature. Will usually start the process during their first year of life and be completed when they are a little more than 1 year old.
Found along east coast north to Massachusetts, along the Mississippi north to Missouri, and to about 150 miles north of the Gulf Coast. Regularly found 300 miles north of breeding range. Rare vagrant north of that.
Swamps, flooded grasslands and lagoons, also coastal habitats in some areas.
They nest in colonies, often with other herons, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. The clutch consists of 3-7 light blue eggs.
Their diet consists of slow moving, bottom feeding shellfish, crustaceans and insects such as dragonflies.
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- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Rodgers Jr., J. A. and H. T. Smith (2020). Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.libher.01
- BF Member observations
- Alvaro Jaramillo. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton Field Guides. ISBN 0-691-11740-3
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Little Blue Heron. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 18 May 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Little_Blue_Heron