Photo Credits: Terry Foote

Photo Credits: Terry Foote

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)

STATUS: Native, Migratory, Least Concern

DESCRIPTION: They are about 2 ft. tall and weigh 1.4-1.8 lbs.

HABITAT: Yellow-crowned Night-Herons are most commonly found in swamps, marshes, mangroves, and coastal wetlands.

DIET: Their diet consists mainly of crustaceans such as crabs and crayfish, but also includes other aquatic animals such as small fish, invertebrates, and amphibians.

NOTES: These Night-Herons make “skow” and “squawk” noises. They are protected on the US Migratory Bird list.