Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron, adult
Newport Beach, CA © Tom Benson
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron, juvenile
Huntington Beach, CA © Tom Benson

The Black-crowned Night-Heron is a casual visitor to campus with several records between late March and early June, either in the flooded basins around Badger Hill or migrating over campus. The Black-crowned Night-heron is a common breeding resident in southern California.

The adult Black-crowned Night-heron can be identified by its black crown and back, gray wings, and grayish white underparts. Juvenile birds have brown upperparts with white spotting, a brownish head, and pale underparts with heavy brown streaking.

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