Little blue heron

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. 3-7 light blue eggs are laid.

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The Little blue heron is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Little Blue Heron, Egretta caerulea, is a small heron. It breeds from the Gulf states of the USA through Central America and the Caribbean south to Peru and Uruguay. It is a resident breeder in most of its range, but some northern breeders migrate to the southeastern USA or beyond in winter. There is post-breeding dispersal to well north of the nesting range, as far as the border between the US and Canada. The Little Blue Heron's breeding habitat is sub-tropical swamps. More

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The Little Blue Heron has a large range, estimated globally at 5,700,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas and nearby island nations, this bird prefers forest, wetland, and marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird has not been precisely determined but does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Little Blue Heron is Least Concern. More

Little Blue HeronThe little blue heron is a small heron. It is about two feet tall with a wingspan of about 40 inches. It has slate-blue feathers with a maroon neck and head. Its bill is gray with a black tip and it has gray to blue legs and feet. Its long bill is gray with a black tip and it curves slightly downward. It has yellow eyes and black legs. Males and females look alike. More

The Little Blue Heron’s middle toe has “teeth” along one side and is used as a comb to scratch its upper neck, throat, and top and sides of head. State of the Birds > Common Birds in Decline > Little Blue Heron #19 Common Bird in DeclineLittle Blue Heron(Egretta caerulea) French Name: Petit heron bleu, Aigrette bleue, Crabier bleu Spanish Name: Garceta azul Genus: Egretta Species: E. More

The Little blue heron is a small, dark bird that ranges from 63 to 74 centimeters in length. It can have a wingspread of up to 1.04 meters and weigh about 396 grams. The sexes of this species are similar in appearance, but the young look very different from the adults. An adult can be recognized by its purple-maroon colored head and neck. The rest of a Little blue heron’s feathers are a slate gray. More

Little Blue Herons breed in the spring. They join mixed colonies of other wading birds, usually choosing nest sites around the edges of the group. They nest in trees, over water or as close to it as possible. The nest is a simple platform of sticks or reeds, sometimes so thin that the eggs can be seen from below. Their eggs are pale blue-green. Females usually lay 4-5 eggs in a clutch, and incubate for 22-24 days. More

The Little Blue Heron stalks its prey methodically in shallow water, often running as it does so. It eats fish, crustaceans and insects. Copyright: Wikipedia. This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from - Relevant Web Resources: Birds of Nova Scotia ... More

DESCRIPTION: The little blue heron is a medium size wading bird about 60 centimeters in length; the sexes are similar. The head and neck of adults are purplish-maroon. The rest of the plumage is slate-blue. The distal third of the bill is black. The remainder of the bill and orbital skin are dark grey and the iris is yellowish. The legs are greenish-grey. More

Little Blue Heron in North and Central America. The Little Blue Heron, widely distributed in the Americas, has been the subject of both qualitative and quantitative studies, mostly in the southeastern United States. Little is known, however, about its biology in Central and South America. More

Aspects of the topic little blue heron are discussed in the following places at Britannica. Assorted References * type of heron (in heron (bird)) ...of Africa, and several species of the genus Egretta (egrets), such as the tricoloured heron (E. tricolor), of the southeastern United States and Central and South America, and the little blue heron (E. caerulea). More

Little blue heron is a small and dark bird. It can be recognized by purple brown head and neck. Rest of the plumage is slate grey. It holds its long neck in an S shaped curve when it is at rest or in flight. The long, slender bill curves slightly downward. It is dark grey with black tip. Eyes are yellow. Legs and feet are dark. The young has all white body plumage. More

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Little Blue Heron Habitat Model go to: USFWS Gulf of Maine Watershed Habitat Analysis go to: Species Table Feedback: We welcome your suggestions on improving this model! Draft Date: June 2002 Species: Little blue heron, Egretta caerulea Use of Study Area Resources: Reproduction, migration. Little blue herons breed within inland and coastal wetlands in the Gulf Coast and south-central states through Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. More

The Little Blue Heron is a smallish, slate-gray heron with a dark gray, black-tipped bill. Adults have a chestnut-colored head and neck. First-year birds have all-white plumage and a blue, black-tipped bill. Little blue herons are frequently seen walking slowly along the edges of freshwater marshes and other wetlands. They feed on fish, lizards, baby turtles, frogs and aquatic insects. More

Sometimes fair numbers of Little Blue Herons winter in the coastal marshes and even at inland localities, but the vast majority leave for Central America in October. In 1971, for example, Christmas Bird Counts recorded the species as follows: 38 at Natchitoches, 103 at Reserve, 29 at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, and 55 at Venice. Migrants returning in spring move mainly up the coast of Mexico and Texas and by mid-March are again on their nesting grounds throughout the interior of Louisiana. More

The little blue heron is also found in the tropics. Habitat The little blue heron makes its home in freshwater swamps, lagoons, coastal thickets, and islands. Diet The little blue heron eats fish, crustaceans, amphibians, insects, and reptiles. It stands in shallow water and waits for its prey to go by, and then it grabs its prey with its pointed bill. More

The Little Blue Heron is the only heron to distinguish between immatures and adults. One identifying feature of both the juveniles and adults is the bill. It is light blue at the base but then turns black at the tip. Mostly active during the day in the wetland areas of the southeastern United States, the LITTLE BLUE HERON walks upright with its head and neck extended. More

Little Blue Heron - Green Pond, Northampton County; July 31, 2006. Photos by Dustin Welch. This immature bird was found by Mike Schall. Here, the bird is with a Glossy Ibis, which was also found that same day. Both birds are very unusual for Northampton County. - 2005 Little Blue Heron - near Freemansburg, Northampton County; August 13, 2005. Photo by Dave DeReamus. More

Description: The Little Blue Heron measures about 25 inches in length. Adults have a bluish-gray body, purple head and neck, and a long purple tuft of feathers extending from the head. Little Blue Herons have long bills that are tinged with black on the ends. While males and females look alike, immature birds are completely white, and may be mistaken for egrets. Status/Habitat: The Little Blue Heron is a common, but easily overlooked heron of southern freshwater marshes, swamps, rivers, and other wetlands. More

The Little Blue Heron is standing still but moving its head around to reach any possible food items. More

Order : Ciconiiformes
Family : Ardeidae
Genus : Egretta
Species : caerulea
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)