Birdwatching: Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron :(Nycticorax violacea)

I have had the pleasure of seeing this bird quite often.  It is surprisingly friendly and fiesty too! Stay friendly, quiet and a good distance to keep this bird near you. It will come very near you if it trusts your intentions.

 

 

Description:

Medium-sized heron. The adult is slate-gray with black head, white cheeks, yellowish crown and plumes, black bill, and orange legs.  The Immature birds are grayish, finely speckled with white above.

 

 

Voice:

Quawk with a high pitch.

Habitat:

Wooded swamps and coastal thickets.  These photos were taken in a big open yard, nicely arrayed with hedges, tall and leafy trees.

Nesting:

4 or 5 pale blue-green eggs in stick nest in trees or on the ground. They are sometimes singly or in small colonies with other herons.

Range:

Massachusetts to Florida and west to Texas, Middle and South America and West Indies.

 

 

 

Marcia Verleta
Marcia Verleta

 

 

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