The Tricolored Heron is a mid-sized species of New World heron. They are found in coastal and freshwater habitat across southeastern parts of the United States down into Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. It was formerly known as the Louisiana Heron.
Adult Tricolored Herons can be recognized by their interesting plumage, which includes a white belly and white stripe along the front of the long neck, and a blue-grey back that blends into lavender flanks. Males and females look alike.
Tricolored Herons nest in colonies, often mixed in with other wading birds. They build stick nests in trees and each brood typically contains 3 to 5 eggs. They feed mainly on fish, which they hunt in a variety of methods. They might slowly stalk prey, or run and chase fish in shallow water.