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Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)

Nycticorax nycticorax


probably 24" tall or so. chunky.




Saw him sitting on a branch at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary just south of Clearwater Beach, FL. We were able to get right up next to him when he woke up and looked at us with a "I'm gonna peck you bad" look.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Liam 10 years ago
Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Nycticorax nycticorax Black-crowned Night Heron

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QuigCrew 10 years ago

right on. cool spotting. the last pic looks just like the guy in my photo. thanks!

hg_williams3 10 years ago

Yea the juveniles can be as big as the adults before they change into their characteristic colours we dont have american bittrens here i dont think but my spotting looks very similar to yours

QuigCrew 10 years ago

hmmm, I'm sure you know more than I do, but there were several other Black-crowned Night Herons there....and they looked very different. White/grey with "black crowns" of course.

So this one is a juvenile? It was easily as big as the adults...

thanks for your help!

Liam 10 years ago

American Bitterns are browner in coloration and have conspicuous streaking on their breasts. Also, they would never be found perched in a tree. ;)

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Indian Shores, Florida, USA

Spotted on Jan 18, 2012
Submitted on Jan 19, 2012


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