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.


Its diet consists mainly of fish, amphibians and invertebrates.


Not threatened.


  • 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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