Black-Crowned Night Heron

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Black-Crowned Night Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax


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

Birth Date


Fun Facts

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.

Diet in the Wild

Fish, aquatic invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles, small mammals.

Diet at the Museum

Smelt, soaked kibble, hard-boiled egg, mealworms.

Life Span

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


Freshwater habitats and brackish marshes.


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.