Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Nyctanassa violacea

Order

CICONIIFORMES

Family

Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)

Code 4

YCNH

Code 6

NYCVIO

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron has an enormous range reaching up to roughly 4.2 million square kilometers. This bird can be found much of Central America, the Caribbean and throughout North America as well. It also has a vagrant population in Berumda. This species appears in forested areas and wetlands such as bogs, marshes, swamps and freshwater lakes, and also in intertidal areas and salt marshes. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 85,000 to 160,000 individuals. It is not believed that the population trends for this species will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. Due to this, population trends for the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron: Medium-sized, stocky heron with gray body and brown-and-white mottled wings. Face is black and white; crown is pale yellow and sweeps back as a plume. Eyes are large and red. Bill is heavy and black. Legs and feet are yellow. Direct flight with steady, deep wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron: Breeds from southern New England to Florida and west to Texas, mainly near coasts but in the interior north to Minnesota and along Mississippi River and its larger tributaries. Spends winters along the Gulf Coast and on Atlantic coast north to South Carolina. Preferred habitats include wooded swamps and coastal thickets.

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron SONGS AND CALLS

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron S1

Typical call is a harsh "skow".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

Generally silent

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Yellow-crowned Night Heron is listed as threatened in the state of New Jersey and endangered in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
  • Occasionally it will prey on small turtles; its stomach secretes an acid capable of dissolving the shells.
  • Unlike other night herons, it is active during the day as well as at night.
  • A group of herons has many collective nouns, including a "battery", "hedge", "pose", "rookery", and "scattering" of herons."

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Santiago Cornejo

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CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
PlumesX
Large, conspicuous, showy feathers.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X