Sub-category: Bitterns, Herons, & Egrets
This species is about 24 inches long, with a 40 inch wingspan, and weighs about 11.5 oz. It is a medium-large, long-legged, heron with a long pointed blue or greyish bill with a black tip. Breeding adult birds have blue-grey plumage except for the head and neck, which are purplish and have long blue filamentous plumes. The legs and feet are dark blue. Sexes are similar back. Non-breeding adults have dark blue head and neck plumage and paler legs. Young birds are all white except for dark wing tips and have yellowish legs. They gradually acquire blue plumage as they mature.
Commonly found stalking it's prey in shallow water.