French: Aigrette bleue German: Blaureiher Spanish: Garceta azul
South Carolina, USA
E USA from S Maine S to Florida, thence to E Mexico and West Indies; also from S part of Gulf of California through Central America into N half of South America, extending S to SW Peru, Bolivia and S Brazil (Paraná). Wintering birds from S USA to N South America; rare migrant in Paraguay, and apparently spreading S into Argentina.
51–76 cm; 296–460 g; wingspan 95–106 cm. General coloration varies in shade; mauve to maroon tinge on neck also varies in extent, while some birds may... read more
Generally considered to be rather quiet, but gives a “scah” or “sken” in threat or aggression, a “... read more
Mainly inland, in freshwater pools, lakes, marshes, rivers, canals, reservoirs, sewage works,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly bottom-dwelling or otherwise slow-moving invertebrates, crabs, crayfish and aquatic insects (e.g. flies, dragonflies, etc.); also... read more
In Florida Dec–Jun, but generally Apr–May in rest of North America; in E Caribbean including Trinidad & Tobago, Feb–... read more
In North America, extensive post-breeding dispersal of up to 1000 km, especially towards N,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Populations considered to be overall stable throughout range, although species is hard to census. Common in USA, where an estimated... read more
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