The Tricolored/Tricoloured Heron is a coastal and swamp
resident of the middle Americas, from around Virginia, USA
to northern Brazil on the Atlantic side and from northern
Mexico to Ecuador on the Pacific.
From the closed neck (above left) to the fully extended,
very long, neck (above right). Thanks to Alexandra Makhnina
who took these photos in Costa Rica.
A small heron, compared in size above to the Snowy Egret,
its scientific genus is "egretta". It is often
found with other herons/egrets including nesting in their