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Black-crowned Night Heron

(Nycticorax nycticorax)
Alternate name(s): "Night Heron"
German name(s): "Nachtreiher"

Size: 58-65 cm; wing span 1.05-1.15 m
Weight: 380-900 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black-crowned Night Heron at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "nycticorax"


Sex unknown

Lateral view of a Black-crowned Night Heron (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Oristano, western Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]


Dorsal view of an adult Black-crowned Night Heron, top, with a second-summer immature bird, bottom - note the young bird's brownish-grey upperparts where the adult is black (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo River estuary, Portugal, February 2017]

Food, Diet

All egrets and herons prey on aquatic creatures in fresh water or estuaries (fish, frogs, snakes or crustaceans).

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