A tri-colored heron preens itself in a rookery near Kissimmee, Florida.
Tri-colored herons (egretta tricolor), formerly known as the Louisianna heron, can be found in the coastal sub-tropical swamps of the southeastern United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, down to central Brazil and Peru in South America.
It is a medium sized slender heron measuring from 23.6" to 27.6" in length with a wingspan between 37.4" and 38" with a long slender neck and long orange yellowish-brown bill with a black tip.The long legs are yellow or orange as well as the feet. The head, neck, back and upperwings are a blue-grey and a white line runs down the neck to a white belly. During breeding season the bill turns a bright blue and some white feathers extend from the back of the head.
Tri-colored herons eat mostly small fish that they often chase and herd with open wings, sometimes looking like they are doing a crazy dance.
May 17th, 2017
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