Black-crowned Night Heron

Scientific Name: Nycticorax nycticorax
Common Name: Black-crowned Night Heron
Other Name: Black-capped night heron, Night heron

Identifying Features: red eyes, short yellow legs, black cap, black back, greyish-white body, black bill, pale grey wings

Fun Facts:

  • A colony of the herons has regularly summered at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. for more than a century.
  • It is observed to engage in bait fishing i.e. luring or distracting fish by tossing edible or inedible buoyant objects into water within their striking range


This image was clicked by Wayne Kennedyvia Flickr.

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