Little Blue Heron

About the Little Blue Heron

The Little Blue Heron is a small species of heron native to parts of the New World. They are found year-round in many parts of the southeastern United States, as well as throughout parts of South America. In the summer, some birds migrate north to breed across the American Midwest.

Adult Little Blue Herons can be recognized by their relatively small size, and pretty plum and blue plumage. They have greenish legs, and yellow eyes. Juvenile Little Blue Herons have the same form, but are nearly completely white!

Little Blue Herons feed on a variety of wetland prey items, including fish, lizards, insects, snails, and other similar small prey. In addition to finding food in wetlands, Little Blue Herons breed near wetlands as well, nesting in low shrubs or small trees, often in colonies with other Little Blue Herons and sometimes in mixed colonies with other breeding waders.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 21 November 2021
Scientific Name
Egretta caerulea
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Egretta
  • E. caerulea
Birdorable Family
Units: Imperial / Metric
25 to 30 inches
40 inches
11.5 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) garça-azul
Chinese (汉语) 小蓝鹭
Czech (Cesky) volavka modrošedá
Danish (Dansk) Blåhejre
Dutch (Nederlands) Kleine Blauwe Reiger
Finnish (Suomi) sinihaikara
French (Français) Aigrette bleue
German (Deutsch) Blaureiher
Italian (Italiano) Airone azzurro minore
Japanese (日本語) himeakakurosagi [ヒメアカクロサギ]
Norwegian (Norsk) Blåhegre
Polish (Polski) czapla śniada
Portuguese (Português) garça-morena
Russian (русский язык) Малая голубая цапля
Spanish (Español) Garceta Azul
Swedish (Svenska) blåhäger
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