Black-crowned Night Heron

Nancy Barrett

Toronto, Canada

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Black-crowned Night Heron
(Nycticorax nycticorax)

This stout heron’s breeding habitat is fresh and salt-water wetlands throughout much of the world. The subspecies N. n. hoactli breeds in North and South America from Canada as far south as Patagonia, and the nominate race N. n. nycticorax in Europe, Asia and Africa. Black-crowned Night Herons nest in colonies on platforms of sticks in a group of trees, or on the ground in protected locations such as islands or reedbeds. Three to eight eggs are laid.

This heron is migratory outside the tropical parts of its extensive range, where it is a permanent resident. The North American population winters in Mexico, the southern United States, Central America, and the West Indies, and the Old World birds winter in tropical Africa and southern Asia.

Tommy Thompson Park heron rookery
Toronto

Nikon D90 with 70-300 mm VR lens.

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