- 22.8–26 in
- 45.3–46.5 in
- 25.6–35.8 oz
- Bihoreau à couronne noire (French)
- Yaboa real, Guanaba, Guaco (Spanish)
- Young Black-crowned Night-Herons often disgorge their stomach contents when disturbed. This habit makes it easy to study its diet.
- The Black-crowned Night-Heron may nest in the same tree with ibises or other herons.
- Adult Black-crowned Night-Herons apparently do not distinguish between their own young and those from other nests, and will brood chicks not their own.
Various wetland habitats, including salt, brackish, and freshwater marshes, swamps, streams, lakes, and agricultural fields.
Aquatic invertebrates, fish, amphibians, lizards, snakes, rodents, eggs, and other foods.
- Clutch Size
- 1–7 eggs
- Egg Description
- Condition at Hatching
- Eyes open, partially covered in white and gray down.
A platform of sticks placed in tree or cattails. Nests colonially; more than a dozen nests may be in a single tree.
Grasps prey; does not stab with bill.
Overall, populations stable. Because of wide distribution and feeding habits, the Black-crowned Night-Heron is an excellent indicator of ecosystem health. You can help scientists learn more about this species by participating in Celebrate Urban Birds!
- Davis, W. E., Jr. 1993. Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax). In The Birds of North America, No. 74 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, and The American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.