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Yellow-crowned Night Heron Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Yellow-crowned Night Herons are fairly small herons with stocky bodies and short, thick necks, and short legs. They have large, blocky heads with thick, relatively short bills. In flight, the wings are broad and rounded.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Cattle Egret; smaller and stockier than a Great Egret.

    Relative Sizebetween crow and goosebetween crow and goose

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 21.6-27.6 in (55-70 cm)
      • Weight: 22.9-28.2 oz (650-800 g)