The Little Blue Heron occurs through much of North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.
Adult birds have a dark blue body with a deep reddish-purple head and neck feathers.
The colors get more intense during breeding season.
The bill is two-toned: blue-grey at the base and a dark tip.
Young birds are all white in their first year, except for dark wing tips.
This species is rather similar to the much larger and bigger-billed Reddish Egret.
Immatures molting into adult plumage are a patchwork of white and blue.
Immature Little Blue Herons are similar to immature Snowy Egrets.
1st photo: An immature. Key Vista Nature Park, Holiday, Florida, USA, 26 March 2022
2nd photo: An adult. Merritt Island, Florida, USA, 23 March 2022
3rd photo: An adult. Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA, 23 November 2012
4th photo: An immature molting. Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA, 23 November 2012
5th photo: An adult. J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA, 22 November 2012
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