New York Natural Heritage Program
Tricolored Heron
Egretta tricolor (Müller, 1776)
Birds

New York State Distribution [-]
In New York, tricolored herons can be found on the non-barrier salt marsh islands in Jamaica Bay, Middle Hempstead Bay, South Oyster Bay, and Moriches Bay, Long Island. They have also been observed on the islands off Staten Island (McGowan and Corwin 2008; New York Natural Heritage Program 2009).

Global Distribution [-]
The breeding range of the tricolored heron in the United States is primarily restricted to the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts, with occasional breeding along southern California, and inland in Kansas, northwest Texas, and Colorado (Frederick 1997; NatureServe 2009). In Central America, tricolored herons breed along both coasts of Mexico and Latin America. The breed on several Caribbean Islands as well, including the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and St Thomas. In South America, tricolored herons can be found breeding along the coasts of the northern part of the continent; from northern Peru to northern Brazil (Frederick 1997; NatureServe 2009). The winter range of the tricolored heron in the United States is similar to the breeding range, but is more concentrated along the coasts of the states where the waters are warm. In Central America, the winter range also coincides with the breeding range, with the addition of Baja California as a wintering spot (Frederick 1997; NatureServe 2009).
Best Places to See
• Islands of Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Kings County)
• Islands of Middle Hempstead Bay and South Oyster Bay (Nassau County)
• Islands of Moriches Bay (Suffolk County)