Tricolored Heron

About the Tricolored Heron

Also known as: Louisiana Heron, Red-necked Heron, Tricoloured Heron
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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 17 December 2020
Scientific Name
Egretta tricolor
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Egretta
  • E. tricolor
Birdorable Family
Units: Imperial / Metric
23.6 to 27.6 inches
37.4 inches
14.6 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) garça-tricolor
Chinese (汉语) 三色鹭
Czech (Cesky) volavka tříbarvá
Danish (Dansk) Trefarvet Hejre
Dutch (Nederlands) Witbuikreiger
Finnish (Suomi) karibianhaikara
French (Français) Aigrette tricolore
German (Deutsch) Dreifarbenreiher
Italian (Italiano) Airone tricolore
Japanese (日本語) サンショクサギ (sanshokusagi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Prakthegre
Polish (Polski) czapla trójbarwna
Portuguese (Português) Garça-tricolor
Russian (русский язык) Трёхцветная цапля
Spanish (Español) Garceta Tricolor
Swedish (Svenska) trefärgad häger
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