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Medium-sized rather stocky heron. Black face and bill, with white cheek. Yellowish crown stripe. Gray body. Legs yellow
Yellow-crowned Night-Herons live in or near wetlands—on the coast along islands, mangroves, and barrier beaches; farther inland in wooded swamps, forested uplands, and lakes and rivers, sometimes near residential areas. They usually nest in small colonies, sometimes with other wading birds, and forage along tidal marshes, in tide pools and the shores of water bodies where crustaceans are abundant. This particular bird lives in the swampy wetlands behind my house. It looks for food in my back yard.
A nocturnal heron of the southern swamps and coasts, the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron can also be found breeding along wooded streams northward to Indiana and Illinois.
Spotted on Jun 4, 2015
Submitted on Jun 4, 2015