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Black-crowned Night Heron

Nycticcorax nycticcorax


Adults are approximately 64 cm (25 in) long and weigh 800 g (28 oz). They have a black crown and back with the remainder of the body white or grey, red eyes, and short yellow legs. They have pale grey wings and white under parts. Two or three long white plumes, erected in greeting and courtship displays, extend from the back of the head. These birds stand still at the water's edge and wait to ambush prey, mainly at night or early morning. They primarily eat small fish, crustaceans, frogs, aquatic insects, small mammals and small birds. During the day they rest in trees or bushes(


The breeding habitat is fresh and salt-water wetlands throughout much of the world


Found on a tree near Thrissur Railway Station, Kerala State, India.

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Black-Crowned Night Heron
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maplemoth662 6 years ago

Your welcome, VincentVanur....

VincentVanur 6 years ago

Thank you, maplemoth662

maplemoth662 6 years ago

Three, beautiful photos....

VincentVanur 11 years ago

Dear ChristyHolland, I prefixed 'Black-crowned' as you suggested. Thank you.

ChristyHolland 11 years ago

Great capture!!

VincentVanur 11 years ago

Thank you, RiekoS

RiekoS 11 years ago

Very nice.

VincentVanur 11 years ago

Thank you, Chief RedEarth. I have edited my spotting accordingly.

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Kerala, India

Spotted on Jul 26, 2012
Submitted on Jan 15, 2013

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