Yellow-crowned Night Heron

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The Yellow-crowned Night Heron is a fairly small heron, similar in appearance to the Black-crowned Night Heron. It is found throughout a large part of the Americas, especially in warmer coastal regions.

These are about 65 cm long and weighs 625 gms. They have a white crown and back with the remainder of the body grayish, red eyes and short yellow legs. They have a white stripe below the eye. Juveniles resemble young Black-crowned Night-Herons, being mainly brown flecked with white or gray.

These birds stalk their prey or wait in ambush at the water's edge, mainly at night. They mainly eat crustaceans, mollusks, frogs, aquatic insects and small fish.

Their breeding habitat is swamps and marshes from the eastern United States to north-eastern South America. They often nest in colonies, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. They lay 3–5 pale blue-green eggs.

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Yellow-crowned Night Heron, White Rock Creek Greenbelt
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron, White Rock Creek Greenbelt
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron, White Rock Creek Greenbelt

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