An adult Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax falklandicus) foraging at low tide on Carcass Island in the Falkland Islands, South Atlantic Ocean. This species is a medium-sized heron, adults are 64 cm long and weigh 800 g. They have a black crown and back with the remainder of the body white or grey, red eyes, and short yellow legs. Young birds are brown, flecked with white and grey. The breeding habitat is fresh and salt-water wetlands throughout much of the world. 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. These birds stand still at the water's edge and wait to ambush prey, mainly at night. They primarily eat small fish, crustaceans, frogs, aquatic insects, and small mammals. During the day they rest in trees or bushes. The scientific name, Nycticorax, means
An adult Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax falklandicus) foraging at low tide on Carcass Island in the Falkland Islands, South Atlantic Ocean. This species is a medium-sized heron, adults are 64 cm long and weigh 800 g. They have a black crown and back with the remainder of the body white or grey, red eyes, and short yellow legs. Young birds are brown, flecked with white and grey. The breeding habitat is fresh and salt-water wetlands throughout much of the world. 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. These birds stand still at the water's edge and wait to ambush prey, mainly at night. They primarily eat small fish, crustaceans, frogs, aquatic insects, and small mammals. During the day they rest in trees or bushes. The scientific name, Nycticorax, means "night raven", and refers to this species' nocturnal habits and harsh crow-like call. In the Falkland Islands, they are known as "quarks" which is an onomatopoeic term.
An adult Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax falklandicus) foraging at low tide on Carcass Island in the Falkland Islands, South Atlantic Ocean. This species is a medium-sized heron, adults are 64 cm long and weigh 800 g. They have a black crown and back with the remainder of the body white or grey, red eyes, and short yellow legs. Young birds are brown, flecked with white and grey. The breeding habitat is fresh and salt-water wetlands throughout much of the world. 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. These birds stand still at the water's edge and wait to ambush prey, mainly at night. They primarily eat small fish, crustaceans, frogs, aquatic insects, and small mammals. During the day they rest in trees or bushes. The scientific name, Nycticorax, means "night raven", and refers to this species' nocturnal habits and harsh crow-like call. In the Falkland Islands, they are known as "quarks" which is an onomatopoeic term.


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