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Black-crowned Night Heron

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About the Black-crowned Night Heron

The Black-crowned Night Heron is a species of heron with a relatively widespread range. They are found in Eurasia (where there are simply known as Night Herons) as well as the Americas and Africa.

Black-crowned Night Herons are found in a variety of wetland habitats, from fresh water to brackish and salt water. They feed in shallow water and typically roost in trees close to their feeding habitat. Depending on the location, some birds are migratory, while other are year-round residents.

Black-crowned Night Herons have plumage of black (crown and back), grey, and white. These stocky birds have short yellow legs and red eyes.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 18 September 2012
Scientific Name Nycticorax nycticorax
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Nycticorax
  • N. nycticorax
Birdorable Family Egrets & Other Waders
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
25 inches
28 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Savacu (Brazilian)
  • 夜鹭 (Chinese)
  • kvakoš noční (Czech)
  • Nathejre (Danish)
  • Kwak (Dutch)
  • yöhaikara (Finnish)
  • Bihoreau gris (French)
  • Nachtreiher (German)
  • Nitticora comune (Italian)
  • ゴイサギ [goisagi] (Japanese)
  • 해오라기 (Korean)
  • Natthegre (Norwegian)
  • ślepowron (Polish)
  • Кваква (Russian)
  • Martinete Común (Spanish)
  • Natthäger (Swedish)

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