$8 - Children (under 2 years old FREE)
$11 - Adults
$7 - Students (13-17) & Seniors (62+)

Tues - Sun, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
OPEN MEMORIAL DAY 10a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 4:  1 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Black-Crowned Night Heron

Heron perches on tree branch

This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.

Latin Name

Nycticorax nycticorax

History at CuriOdyssey

This heron has a collapsed globe in his left eye and is blind in that eye. It has been at CuriOdyssey since 2003.

Fun Facts about Herons

The Black-crowned Night Heron is an expert at “still fishing.”  It stands motionless for long periods in shallow water, on pilings at high tide and on floating
docks watching and waiting for its prey. It catches small fish with a quick thrust of its bill into the water.

The scientific name Nycticorax means “night raven,” and refers to their nocturnal habits and raven-like call.

What do herons eat?

Heron's diet include fish, aquatic invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles, small mammals. At CuriOdyssey, they are served smelt, soaked kibble, hard-boiled egg, and meal-worms.

How long do herons live?

In the Wild: 5-10 years.
In Captivity: 10-17 years.

Where do herons live?

Black crowned nigh herons can be found in freshwater habitats and brackish marshes. They range worldwide except Australia and the taiga and tundra belts. In the new world from southern Canada through South America.

Conservation Status:

Protected under the U.S. Migratory Bird Act.

Adopt me!

Your contribution helps provide my food, toys, and medical care. I’ll stay at the museum, and you’ll get a photo of me and a certificate as reminders of your generosity. Check out our adoption section and see all of our adoption levels.


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