tricolored heron (Egretta tricolor)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 22 inches Wingspan: 38 inches
Medium-sized long-legged long-necked wader
Bill fairly long and pointed
Variably yellowish or blue-gray bill with black tip
Usually holds neck in an "S" curve at rest and in flight
White belly and foreneck
Blue-gray head, neck, back and upperwings
White line along foreneck
In alternate plumage, long blue filamentous plumes about head and neck, and buff ones on the back
Rich chestnut head and neck
Chestnut feathering on blue-gray back
No other dark herons have a contrasting white belly.
Breeding Habitat:Wetland-open water
Length of Incubation: 21-25 days
Days to Fledge:35
Number of Broods:1
Diet: Mostly aquatic invertebrates and fish; lesser quantities of reptiles
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May
Su - Summer: June, July, August Acc
Fall: September, October, November
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley