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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Ardeidae
Genus:Nyctanassa
Genus species:Nyctanassa violacea

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:56-69 cm
Identification:The yellow-crowned night heron has slate gray body plumage. The head is black, with white cheeks and white or yellowish head plumes. The feathers of the wings and back are blackish edged with light gray. This species also has black plumes extending beyond the tail.
Habitat:Swamps, mangroves, bayous, and streams
Diet:Carnivore: preferably crustaceans but will also eat aquatic insects, frogs, fish, salamanders, snakes, and small mammals such as mice
Reproduction:The reproductive behavior of night herons is not well known. They nest in trees, either in pairs or in small groups. Females lay 4-5 eggs. Both sexes incubate the eggs for 21-25 days. The chicks can fly at six weeks of age.
Behavior:Night herons are active during the day and at night. Some populations are slightly migratory.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The entire foot extends beyond the tail during the flight of the yellow-crowned night heron.

Other Information

Geographic:Southeast United States
Central America
West Indies
Northern South America
Central South Americal
Date:1973-06 Subjects:long-legged wading bird
Yellow-crowned night heron
Nycticorax
Herons
Ardeidae
Ciconiiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata