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Yellow-crowned night heron

Nyctanassa violacea


These are stocky wading birds with a grayish-blue body and back. The wings have a black scaled pattern. The head is black with white cheeks and a pale yellow crown.


Spotted at the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge in San Diego, California.


A locale birder told me a family of these moved into the refuge a few years ago and now there are several of them at this refuge.

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Imperial Beach, California, United States

Spotted on Nov 18, 2021
Submitted on Nov 28, 2021

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