.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Ardea alba  Great Egret
Most of these branch-nesting and colonial piscivores breed in the bottomlands of the Mississippi/Red River and Coastal Marsh regions. The map is very similar to the Cattle Egret map, reflecting similar nesting rather than feeding habitats. As with most of the other herons, the "Possible" records may be nonbreeding individuals or birds that have commuted some distance from their breeding sites to forage.

inset (left) Copyright 1999 by Brian Miller 
male or female (right) with courtship color Copyright 1999 by Bill Bergen 

.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Ardea herodias  Great Blue Heron
These branch-nesting and colonial piscivores breed in the Mississippi/Red River and Coastal Marsh regions, seeming especially numerous in the Atchafalaya River Basin. The "Possible" records may be nonbreeding birds that have flown some distance from breeding colonies to feed.

photo Copyright 1999 by Brian Miller 
female or male

.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Plegadis falcinellus  Glossy Ibis
In Louisiana, this species breeds exclusively in the Coastal Marsh Region. Because of the difficulty in distinguishing it from White-faced Ibis, records to the west of Vermilion Bay should be viewed with caution. These colonial, branch-nesting, crustacean predators also feed on water snakes and insects.

photo Copyright 1999 by Brian Miller  at Audubon Zoo, New Orleans
male or female