Tricolored Heron

Egretta tricolor

Order

CICONIIFORMES

Family

Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)

Code 4

TRHE

Code 6

EGRTRI

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Tricolored Heron has a large range, estimated globally at 1,300,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas and nearby island nations, this bird prefers wetland, marine, and forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird has not been fully 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 Tricolored Heron is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Tricolored Heron: Medium heron, blue-gray upperparts, head, neck, wings, paler rump, white stripe on foreneck, white belly. Also has white plumes on back of head and rust-brown plumes on lower neck, back during the breeding season. Bill and legs are olive-brown. Direct flight on steady wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Tricolored Heron: Breeds in southeastern New Mexico and Texas, on the Gulf Coast, and along the Atlantic coast north to southern Maine (rarely). Spends winters along the coast from Texas and New Jersey south to northern South America and West Indies. Preferred habitats include swamps, bayous, coastal ponds, salt marshes, mangrove islands, mudflats, and lagoons

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"aaah", "scaah"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Tricolored Heron is the only dark colored heron with a white belly.
  • One of the most abundant herons found in the Deep South, it was formerly called the Louisiana Heron.
  • A group of herons has many collective nouns, including a "battery", "hedge", "pose", "rookery", and "scattering" of herons."

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Tricolored Heron

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
ForeneckX
Also called the jugulum or throat patch, it is located on the front of the neck.
PlumesX
Large, conspicuous, showy feathers.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X