Black Crowned Night Heron

Black crowned nigh heron is also called night heron is found throughout the world leaving extremely cold areas and Australia. In upper part of the body i.e. head and back side of the body is black and rest is either grey or white. Legs are very small. This Making prey of snakes difficult


Black Crowned Night Heron
Black Crowned Night Heron, Chennai Tamil Nadu.
From Madras Crocodile Park

Common name: Black crowned night heron

Scientific nameNycticorax nycticorax

Alternate Names: night heron

Regional Names:

Size: 64 cm

Migratory Status: Resident

Visibility: Common


Conservation Status: Least concern with decreasing population

Wildlife schedule: Schedule IV

Diet: Small fish, crustaceans , frogs, small mamals, aquatic insects,small birds

Habitat: Across the world except Australia

Nesting Period:

Sexes: Alike




Kingdom  Animalia
Phylum  Chordata
Class  Aves
Order  Pelecaniformes
Family  Ardeidae
Genus  Nycticorax


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