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
- 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 Kennedy – via Flickr.
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