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Black-crowned night heron

Nycticorax nycticorax


This is a medium sized heron, reaching some 60 cm in height; stocky birds with shorter bills, legs, and necks than their more familiar cousins, the egrets and "day" herons; and their resting posture is normally somewhat hunched. Presented here are adults: dark blue-grey mantle and crown; while whitish underneath with red legs. (The immature bird can be seen here:


Cosmopolitan heron, here observed in mixed flocks of egrets and herons on a nesting ground and during nesting season. Nesting ground is a marsh (pic 6) in a Port Harcourt, one of the bigger towns in Nigeria.


Mixed flocks of egrets and herons, Cattle egret and Night heron the most numerous, than Western Reef herons; and some other birds (Whistling ducks, Reed Cormorant, moorhens...)

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AshleyT 2 months ago

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Rivers, Nigeria

Lat: 4.78, Long: 7.10

Spotted on Oct 20, 2018
Submitted on Oct 24, 2018

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