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Tricolored Heron - Egretta tricolor

Native Species
Accidental Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

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General Description
The Tricolored Heron typically breeds in coastal habitats such as estuaries, salt marshes, river deltas, lagoons and mangrove swamps. This species is a year-round resident along and near the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, and ranges into the coastal plain of the southeastern U.S. (Frederick 2020).

Tricolored Heron is an accidental species in Montana and was first detected in the state in 2019.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 2

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Relative Density


SUMMER (Feb 16 - Dec 14)
Direct Evidence of Breeding

Indirect Evidence of Breeding

No Evidence of Breeding

WINTER (Dec 15 - Feb 15)
Regularly Observed

Not Regularly Observed


(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

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Citation for data on this website:
Tricolored Heron — Egretta tricolor.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from