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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)

General Description: Yellow-crowned Night-Herons (Nyctanassa violacea) are dark colored, medium-sized herons. They are dark gray over all, with black on the face and a large, white ear patch. The crown is also white. In breeding season, they get white, thread-like plumes on the back of the head and long, plumes of feathers on the back. Juveniles are mottled dark brown and lack the facial coloring.

Taxonomy: Pelecaniformes, Ardeidae.

Favored Habitat: Ponds with shallow edges and marshes; saltwater estuaries and mud flats.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)

Where to Find: Don't look for Yellow-crowned Night-Herons around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them from south Texas to Florida and points south. Ding Darling NWR, the City of Dunedin, and Everglades National Park are good places to see these birds. Also look for them in South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Comments: True to the name, Night Herons are nocturnal and hunt at night when other herons are sleeping.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Fancy plumes for the breeding season
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Here's lookin' at you - babe!
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Liz and juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Yellow-crowned Night-Herons
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Kid blending in with the lava rock
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Sleeping in the sun under mangrove trees
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Kid blending in with the lava rock
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Not sure what to make of that Lava Gull?
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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