Black-crowned Night Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax

Size: Up to 64 cms high
Habitat: Wetlands
Feeding: Fish, frogs and insects

The Black-crowned Night Heron, also called just Night Heron, is a medium-sized heron. As the name suggests this bird mainly feeds at night.

It has a short neck and legs and is mostly white/grey in colour. The photo shows an immature bird which is much darker. The eyes are bright red and the legs yellow/green, except during the breeding season when the legs become more pink.

This photo was taken at dusk in the Rhuaha National Park, Tanzania.








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