Long Legged Waders

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax
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Length: 25 in. (67 cm )
With a range that covers most of the world, this peculiar heron is quite successful. It can be found in marshy areas, swamps, pond edges, lakes, mangroves, agricultural fields and moist grassy areas. It feeds on fish, mice, frogs, and salamanders, but it also frequently raids nests of other herons, ibis and terns to eat nestlings. Its own nest is a large, bulky affair constructed of twigs and sticks and placed in reeds, low trees or shrubs near the water\'s edge. Often the nests are built in small but loose colonies. Mainly active at dusk and night, most of the daylight hours are spent roosting quietly in a tree or in low aquatic vegetation.

The four-digit banding code is BCNH.

Male | Charles Kazilek

Male | Charles Kazilek


Marsh / swamp

Open water

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Bird Sound Type: Buzzing
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: September 19, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/black-crowned-night-heron

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Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Black-crowned Night-Heron. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved September 19, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/black-crowned-night-heron

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Dr. Biology. "Black-crowned Night-Heron". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/black-crowned-night-heron

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Dr. Biology. "Black-crowned Night-Heron". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 19 Sep 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/black-crowned-night-heron

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