SIA0156: Immature Black-crowned Night Heron

Common Name:Black-crowned Night Heron
Scientific Name:Nycticorax nycticorax
Photographer:Calvin J. Hamilton
Copyright:© 2003 Calvin J. Hamilton
Location:Washington D.C.

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The Black-crowned Night Heron reaches lengths of 20 inches with a wing span of 44 inches. It is a fairly small, stocky, short-legged and short-necked heron. It has red eyes, yellow legs, a black bill, black crown and back. Its face, throat, foreneck, chest and belly are white. Its wings are blue-gray.

An immature bird is brown speckled as show in this picture

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