[order] CICONIIFORMES | [family] Ardeidae | [latin] Egretta caerulea | [authority] Linnaeus, 1758 | [UK] Little Blue Heron | [FR] Aigrette bleue | [DE] Blaureiher | [ES] Garceta Azul | [NL] Kleine Blauwe Reiger
||se USA to s Brazil
Egretta is a genus of medium-sized herons, mostly breeding in warmer climates. Representatives of this family are found in most of the world, and the Little Egret, as well as being widespread throughout much of the Old World, has now started to colonise the Americas. Little Egret Egretta garzetta in Kolleru, Andhra Pradesh, India.These are typical egrets in shape, long-necked and long-legged. There are few plumage features in common, although several have plumes in breeding plumage; a number of species are either white in all plumages, have a white morph (e.g. Reddish Egret), or have a white juvenile plumage (Little Blue Heron). The breeding habitat of Egretta herons is marshy wetlands in warm countries. They nest in colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs.
Medium-sized all dark blue long-legged long-necked wader.
Usually holds neck in an “S” curve at rest and in flight
The bill is long and pointed and seems a little decurved.
Dull green legs, Sexes similar.
Listen to the sound of Little Blue Heron
[audio:http://www.planetofbirds.com/MASTER/CICONIIFORMES/Ardeidae/sounds/Little Blue Heron.mp3]
Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto
North America, Latin America : Southeast USA to South Brazil
This species inhabits mangroves, coastal mudflats, wetlands, rivers and lakes. It is somewhat more common in coastal regions.
Breeds in periphery of mixed colonies, in trees 0.5 to 2 meters above ground or water. nest is a platform made of small sticks lined with grass. Clutch size is is 3-6 eggs, incubated for about 23 days, young feldge after 30 days, but parents feed up until 50 days after leaving the nest.
Feeds by slowly walking through shallow water, mostly aquatic Invertebrates and fish.
copyright: R. J. Schaefer
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is very large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Very common species in urban and wild areas in Surinam, can be seen flying along the main river in Paramaribo. Usually together with tricolored herons or Snowy Egrets.
In N America, extensive post-breeding dispersal towards N, especially of juveniles, with some birds reaching Canada and even occasionally Greenland. Population of USA migratory: birds from E move through Florida towards Cuba; those from W head towards Gulf of Mexico and Yucatan (SE Mexico); wintering birds occur from S USA to N South America. In Caribbean, at least some birds sedentary. Rare migrant to Paraguay, and accidental S into Argentina.
Title Breeding biology of the little blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) in southeastern Brazil.