New York Natural Heritage Program
Little Blue Heron
Egretta caerulea (Linnaeus, 1758)

New York State Distribution [-]
Little blue herons breed on the non-barrier islands surrounding Staten Island and along southern Long Island, as far east as Gardiners Island (McGowan and Corwin 2008; New York Natural Heritage Program 2009).

Global Distribution [-]
The breeding range of the little blue heron in the United States extends from southern Maine south along the Atlantic coastline to northern Florida, west to central Texas, north through Oklahoma to central Kansas, and east to southern Missouri, northern Arkansas, southern Illinois, and southwestern Kentucky. They breed casually in southern New Mexico and along the western coast of the United States. They also breed in the West Indies, along the coast of Mexico, and in South America in Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, and northern Uraguay. The winter range extends from southern Baja California east along the coasts of Mexico, Louisianna, Mississippi, and northern Florida to coastal Virginia (Rodgers and Smith 1995; NatureServe 2009).
Best Places to See
• Non-barrier islands north of Tobay Beach and Middle Hampstead Bay (Nassau County)