Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron
Photo credit: Jimmy Jackson

-Nycticorax nycticorax-

Its name is commonly abbreviated to simply Night Heron. Short-necked and short-legged, a stocky heron that forages for food mostly at night. Black crown and back with white hind neck plumes are very distinctive against white underparts. Primary nesting habitat is trees and bushes in fresh and saltwater marshes. Widely distributed around the world except in coldest regions.

Length: 25-inches
Wingspan 44-inches