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Black Crowned Night Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax


This is a medium sized heron with a large black bill, red eyes, a black feathers that start at its crown and continue over its back. Its wing feathers are gray and breast feathers are white. It has yellow feet, and makes a distinct "Quawk" call. The hunt more enthusiastically in the evening and at night.


The gentleman has the long, thin-white wedding plumage that is just visible starting at the back of his neck. He was perched high up in a maple tree, and we were discussing whether or not he might start building a nest at this location as there is a heronry on the south side of the city.

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Chicago, Illinois, USA

Spotted on Apr 14, 2012
Submitted on Apr 14, 2012

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