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Birdwatching in North America - Little Blue Heron, Egretta caerulea


The little blue heron[note 1] (Egretta caerulea) is a small heron of the genus Egretta. It is a small, darkly colored heron with a two-toned bill. Juveniles are entirely white, bearing resemblance to the snowy egret. During the breeding season, adults develop different coloration on the head, legs, and feet.

They have a range that encompasses much of the Americas, from the United States to northern South America. Some populations are migratory. Climate change will probably cause their distribution to spread north. They can be found in both saltwater and freshwater ecosystems. Their preference for either one depends on where they live.

Nesting behaviors are documented by numerous sources. The adults build nests in trees, in colonies with other bird species. The number of eggs laid varies from place to place. The young mature quickly, requiring little attention from adults after about nineteen days of age. Both young and adults are sometimes preyed on by other species.

Adults hunt fish, crabs, and other small animals. As with clutch sizes, diet can vary regionally.

The population of E. caerulea is declining. Many possible reasons for this have been proposed. Exposure to heavy metals has been found to have detrimental effects on young birds.

Notes
1) Also known as the garceta azul in Spanish.

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Range map from www.oiseaux.net

Range map
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From opus at www.birdforum.net the forum for wild birds and birding.
Female / Male



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Conservation status
Conservation status
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)



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Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 31 March 2023
Location: Wetland next to the Pa-hay-okee Road, Everglades National Park


Little Blue Heron, Egretta caerulea
31 March 2023 - Wetland next to the Pa-hay-okee Road, Everglades National Park



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