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Night Heron

Nyctanassa violacea


Adults are about 61 cm long and weigh 625 g. 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


The Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea, formerly placed in the genus Nycticorax), also called the American Night Heron or squawk, 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 (but not exclusively) in warmer coastal regions; an example occurrence is the Petenes mangroves of the Yucatan


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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MichelleMccracken 7 years ago

yes, I did wake this guy up , while I was out kayaking, I spotted him and woke him up, didn't intend to, but got some good pic's of him

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago


MichelleMccracken 9 years ago

Thank You, I loved watching this guy, but did feel bad for disturbing him from his sleep

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Great series!

MichelleMccracken 9 years ago

Gee Nancy
I did upload about 5 pic's not sure why they didnt upload, it showed they had, same thing happened with the spoonbill, I will try again

MichelleMccracken 9 years ago

poor guy was so sleepy, he was thankfully not disturbed by me much, I was out kayaking and spotted him

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 9 years ago

Lovely capture!

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

That's fantastic!! Great timing!

KarenL 9 years ago


auntnance123 9 years ago

Love this. You might think about adding the pic you have of him with his eyes closed. (The community might better appreciate why they're called night herons--and together the photos make me laugh).

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Sanibel, Florida, USA

Spotted on May 15, 2012
Submitted on May 15, 2012

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