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Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Nyctanassa violacea

Description:

The yellow-crowned night-heron is a medium sized, short-legged wading bird.Adults are blue-gray with a black-and-white patterned head. The head of the adult is black with a yellow-white crown and a white cheek patch. In breeding plumage long, white streamers extend from the crown. Eye color is red in adults. The legs are yellow and turn pinkish-red on breeding adults. The bill is short, stout, and black on both adults and juveniles. The yellow-crowned night-heron flies with slow wing beats, trailing the legs behind the body.

Habitat:

Yellow-crowned night-herons hunt along the shores of tidal creeks and tide pools within salt and brackish marshes dominated by salt marsh cord grass They also wade in shallow water and mudflats in search of prey . This bird was spotted in Dallas at a business man made retention pond.

Notes:

This bird was spotted at a man made retention pond along a busy freeway in Dallas. This bird seems to have adapted well to being near humans.

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8 Comments

williefromwi
williefromwi 7 years ago

A belated thank you Mayra, and a thank you as well Lisa, for your wonderful comments.

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 7 years ago

Beautiful series!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 7 years ago

Wow!!!

williefromwi
williefromwi 7 years ago

Thanks for the kind words AdamBrown, Jeanette, NuwanChathuranga and eulalia rubio

AdamBrown
AdamBrown 7 years ago

great stuff willie!

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 7 years ago

awesome!

Jeannette
Jeannette 7 years ago

Great series :)

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 7 years ago

Wonderful.

williefromwi
Spotted by
williefromwi

Dallas, Texas, USA

Spotted on May 21, 2012
Submitted on Jun 30, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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