Take a Stab at Naming This Heron Species

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This beautiful bird is a tricolor heron, and once was called the Louisiana heron. It is found year-round on the coastline of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, and it winters along the coastlines of Baja.

Audubon writes, "On the southeastern coastal plain, the Tricolored Heron is a characteristic bird of quiet shallow waters. Strikingly slender, with long bill, neck, and legs, it is often seen wading belly-deep in coastal lagoons. Although it is solitary in its feeding, it is sociable in nesting, often in very large colonies with various other herons and egrets."

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