Black-Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Welcome to the Ocean City Black-Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  page, here we will document through photographs and videos the Black-Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) we have found around the Ocean City Maryland USA area…

What are Black-Crowned Night Herons

The Black-Crowned Night Heron is a medium-sized heron found throughout the world.  As its name implies it has a black crown on its head, as well as black feathers down its back, the rest of its body is gray and white, it has red eyes and yellow legs.  The adult stands approximately 25 inches high and weighs around 28 ounces.

Black-Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) | Ocean City Ardeidae

Photograph by Joe McClay | Date: July 5 2015 | Location: 22nd St Bayside, Ocean City, MD

 

Scientific Classification (Taxonomy) of the Black-Crowned Night Heron

Kingdom: Animalia >> Phylum: Chordata >> Class: Aves >> Order: Pelecaniformes >> Family: Ardeidae >> Genus: Nycticorax >> Species: N nycticorax
Binomial Name: Nycticorax nycticorax
 Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Fun Facts About The Black-Crowned Night Heron

  • The Black-Crowned Night Heron hunts by stealth, standing very still in shallow waters waiting patiently for it prey
  • The scientific name, Nycticorax, means “night raven”
  • The newborn leaves its nest at one month of age, but can not fly until 6 weeks, foraging on its own for those two weeks in the high grasses around its nest
  • The male has 3 white feathers on the back of its head that he displays when attracting a mate

More Photos of the Black-Crowned Night Heron

Black-Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) juvenile | Ocean City Ardeidae Black-Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) juvenile | Ocean City Ardeidae
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