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Black-crowned Night Heron

(Nycticorax nycticorax)
Alternate name(s): "Night Heron"
Size: 58-65 cm; wing span 1.05-1.15 m
Weight: 380-900 g


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

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Race "nycticorax"


Sex unknown

Three adult Black-crowned Night Herons with a juvenile (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]


Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron, centre, with 3 adults (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]

Food, Diet

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


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

nheron_jp_20201024.m4a nycticorax
Contact calls(?) © JP

More Black-crowned Night Heron sound recordings are available at .

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