Little Blue Heron

Egretta caerulea
Little Blue Heron specimens on display in the exhibit "Birds of D.C."

DC Information

Fairly common breeding species along the barrier beach area of the southern Eastern Shore, from mid-April to mid-July. Common during the post-breeding period, early July to mid-October. Usually in and around tidal marshes. The immature bird is white. Sexes are similar.

Specimen Information

The bird on the left is an adult female.
Date:  4/22/1911
Collected By:  Edward J Brown
Locality:  l'on swamp, Christ Church Parish, South Carolina Coast
Sex:  Female
Catalog ID:  221845
The bird on the right is a juvenile.
Date:  8/26/1908
Collected By:  JW Goodwin
Locality:  Crave, VA
Sex:  Male
Catalog ID:  208963