Identifying Non-White Egrets and Herons
Great Blue Heron
|Great Blue Heron|
Little Blue Heron
|Little Blue Heron|
|Little Blue Heron Getting Adult Plumage|
- Look for white on the belly or under the wings in flight. If you see that, you're looking at a Tricolored Heron.
- Look for its behavior--the Reddish Egret's "canopy feeding" style can help tell it apart.
- Compare the bird to other nearby birds that you can identify. A Little Blue Heron will look smaller next to a Great Blue Heron than will a Reddish Egret.
- Look at structure--that is, the form of a bird. Tricolored Herons look more slender than other herons. Green Herons have shorter legs.
- Look for a two-toned bill, which can point you to a Reddish Egret, Little Blue Heron or Tricolored Heron. And if you can see the color of the bill, even better--a pinkish bill will distinguish a Reddish Egret from the more blue-grey looking bill of the Little Blue Heron.
|Tricolored Heron with Worn Feathers|