French: Aigrette tricolore German: Dreifarbenreiher Spanish: Garceta tricolor
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Subspecies and Distribution
E. t. ruficollis
Gosse, 1847 – coasts of E & S USA (S from Maine) and both coasts of Mexico S to Central America, West Indies, N Colombia and NW Venezuela, and from W Colombia S along coast to Ecuador and Peru (locally S to Arequipa).
E. t. tricolor
(Statius Müller, 1776) – NE Venezuela (Monagas) to NE Brazil (N Piauí).
E. t. rufimentum
(Hellmayr, 1906) – Trinidad (possibly also Tobago).
50–76 cm; c. 100–550 g; wingspan c. 90 cm. Sexes alike, but male larger than female and latter has less intensely coloured breeding plumage. Head and neck slate-... read more
Utters “aah” in aggression and in displays, a short guttural “aahrr” in alarm, a “uunh” during Snap... read more
Generally occurs in coastal areas, rare inland; normally along shallow saltwater shores,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small fish (9–50 mm long, e.g. Fundulus spp., Lepomis spp., Enneacanthus spp., Micropterus... read more
Season Mar–Jun in E USA and Yucatán Peninsula (Mexico), Apr–Jun in Baja California and mainland NW Mexico, Apr–... read more
North American populations generally migratory, wintering in S USA (from Florida) to N South... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). In USA: common on Gulf and E coasts, where is commonest heron and overall population estimated at > 200,000 birds in 1970s (but... read more
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