Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Hydranassa caerulea

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Quick Facts

Length: 24"; wingspan: 40"
Height: 2' - 2.5'
Weight: 10 - 40 oz.
Distribution: South/ southeastern coast of New Jersey to Mexico
Habitat: Swamps, estuaries, marshes, rivers, ponds and lakes
Wild Diet: Fish, frogs, lizards, snakes, turtles, shrimp, crabs, crayfish and aquatic insects.
Zoo Diet: Trout and herring with vitamin supplements

Did you know that the little blue heron's population has declined by 54% in the last 40 years? The reason for this is their loss of habitat and breeding area. The little blue heron relies on a keen sense of sight for survival and hunting. The little blue heron is also one good looking bird! Did you know that the little blue heron's middle toe has teeth on it, which it uses as a comb?

Description

The wingspans of the little blue heron is 3.5'. Their heads and necks are purple-maroon, while the rest of their plumage is slate gray. They have yellow eyes and legs and feet that are dark. Immature individuals are white. They have high breeding plumage: heads and necks become reddish-purple. They have a slender, slightly down-curved bill and their body shape is very slender and dainty.

Status in the Wild

Loss of feeding and breeding areas is limiting their natural habitat

Conservation Programs

Listed as of "least concern" on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).


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