Egretta caerulea (Little blue heron) 

Kleinbloureier [Afrikaans]; Kleine blauwe reiger [Dutch]; Aigrette bleue [French]; Blaureiher [German]

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Egretta caerulea (Little blue heron)  Egretta caerulea (Little blue heron) 

Little blue heron. [photo Sion Stanton ]

Distribution and habitat

Occurs from southern North America to central South America, although juveniles occasionally cross the Atlantic Ocean. It is a rare vagrant to the coast of the Western Cape and central Namibia, generally preferring estuaries and coastal lagoons.

Food 

Its diet consists mainly of fish, amphibians and invertebrates.

Threats

Not threatened.

References

  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 

 
 

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