Little Blue Heron

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The Little Blue heron (Egreta caeurulea) is, as its scientific name suggests, a form of egret. Like other egrets it tends to walk when feeding rather than standing patiently in one spot as would a typical heron. Juveniles are white and easily confused with the Snowy Egret. This individual is feeding on small carp in a rapidly shrinking artificial pond close to the house. Permanent water bodies are rare in the highlands of Chiapas thus there are comparatively few specialist water birds even in the wetlands (humedales) of the valley.

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