Bill basally bluish with blackish tip; legs greenish (blacker when breeding). Adult mostly slaty blue with reddish maroon head and neck; in breeding plumage head and neck somewhat paler, and with plumes on crown, foreneck, and back. Juvenile white except for inconspicuous dusky tipping to primaries; color at base of bill variable, usually pale greenish to grayish, varying to pinkish or pale yellowish. Immature white splotched irregularly with slaty, giving a pied appearance.
Habits and Behavior
Immatures and juveniles predominate. A fairly active feeder but less graceful in its movements than Snowy Egret.