Little Blue Heron

Photo by Bob Gress

 

Common Name: Little Blue Heron

Scientific Name: Egretta caerulea

 

Comments: This species is most common in southeastern portions of the Great Plains. However, extensive postbreeding dispersal occurs and birds have been recorded in Canada. Juveniles are white and most likely confused with Snowy Egrets; however, their legs and feet are greenish. Adults are reddish-purple to slate blue with a bluish, black-tipped bill. An intermediate molt stage results in a pied or calico white and blue plumage and generally a white body with blue primaries. It may be confused with a Tricolored Heron. Little Blue Herons are much smaller and duller colored than Reddish Egrets which have a bill with a pink base