Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52493

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Ardeidae
Genus:Nycticorax
Genus species:Nycticorax nycticorax

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:58-65 cm
Identification:As its name implies, the black-crowned night heron has a black crown and mantle. It also has gray wings and white underparts.
Habitat:Lakes, marshes, rivers
Diet:Carnivore: fish, frogs, insects
Reproduction:The breeding season of these colonial nesters varies by location. Each pair has 3-5 eggs.
During the day, small flocks of night herons roost together.
Behavior:Black-crowned night herons are active from dusk until dawn. European populations are migratory.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The black-crowned night heron holds a unique position as the only bird ever raised to the Japanese peerage.

Other Information

Geographic:Europe
Africa
Middle East
Date:1974-01 Subjects:long-legged wading bird
Black-crowned night heron
Nycticorax
Herons
Ardeidae
Ciconiiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata