Birds Living by Richard Stade - RStade

Tricolored Heron – Foraging

Egretta tricolor

February – Texas

L=26” ...... WS=36”...... WT=13 oz Order: Ciconiiformes (Herons, Ibises, Storks, New World Vultures, Allies) Family: Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, Bitterns)

Tricolored Herons, formerly known as Louisiana Herons, are a day-heron found only in the New World. This bird probably did not suffer as greatly as other egrets and herons at the hand of the plume trade early in the 20th century and was the most numerous of the species until the Cattle Egret population expanded during the last half of the 20th century.