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Butorides virescens  Green Heron
These branch-nesting and somewhat colonial piscivores breed in wooded areas of the Mississippi/Red River and Coastal Marsh regions. The prevalence of "Possible" records in the Pine Region may be a result of the difficulty of locating Green Heron nests, because it is unlikely that breeding birds fly 20 miles or more from their nests to obtain food for their young.

photo Copyright 1999 by Brian Miller 
female or male

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Egretta tricolor  Tricolored Heron
Most of these branch-nesting and colonial piscivores breed in the Coastal Marsh Region, although a few breed fairly far inland in the Mississippi/Red River Region.

photos Copyright 1999 by Brian Miller 
male or female with courtship plumes

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Egretta caerulea  Little Blue Heron
These branch-nesting and colonial piscivores breed in the wooded bottomlands of the Mississippi/Red River Region and in the Coastal Marsh Region. The "Possible" records may represent nonbreeding individuals.

photo Copyright 1999 by Brian Miller 
female and male (at nest)