Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Nyctanassa violacea


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Ciconiiformes
FAMILY
Ardeidae

Range

North America, West Indies, South America, Galapagos Islands


Habitat

Marshes, swampy forests, lakes, lagoons, mangroves


Diet

Mainly crustaceans, particularly crabs and crawfish; also fish, insects, snails, frogs and small snakes

Weight

22.9 - 28.2 oz.

Size

21.7 - 27.6 in.

Incubation

24 – 25 days

Clutch

2 – 6 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Its head is mostly black, with white cheeks and a yellowish crown and plumes.
  • It is primarily active at night. It roosts silently in a tree during the day, and comes down at dusk to feed.
  • Foraging birds stand still or slowly stalk crabs and other prey along shorelines, marshes, and fields. Once in striking range they lunge at their prey and seize it in their bill.
  • Their nest, which can be 4 feet across, takes about 11 days to build initially. Night-herons use them for several years, adding to them each year.
  • They typically nest in small colonies of several pairs up to several hundred pairs on islands that are safe from predators. Colony sites can remain in use for more than 20 years.

 

Conservation

Least Concern

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