Black-crowned Night Heron

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 18 September 2012
Scientific Name
Nycticorax nycticorax
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Nycticorax
  • N. nycticorax
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
25 inches
28 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Savacu
Chinese (汉语) 夜鹭
Czech (Cesky) kvakoš noční
Danish (Dansk) Nathejre
Dutch (Nederlands) Kwak
Finnish (Suomi) yöhaikara
French (Français) Bihoreau gris
German (Deutsch) Nachtreiher
Italian (Italiano) Nitticora comune
Japanese (日本語) ゴイサギ [goisagi]
Korean (한국어) 해오라기
Norwegian (Norsk) Natthegre
Polish (Polski) ślepowron
Russian (русский язык) Кваква
Spanish (Español) Martinete Común
Swedish (Svenska) Natthäger
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