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Nycticorax nycticorax - Black-Crowned Night Herons

Compared to other herons, Black-crowned Night-herons are stocky birds.  So named, they are active at night or at dusk.  This species has a black cap and back, gray wings and a white underside.  They average about 25 inches in length.

Herons show high nest site fidelity.  What does that mean?  It means that herons like to return to the same place to breed year after year.  The images below are of nests at Lincoln Park Zoo in downtown Chicago.  

The Black-Crowned Night Heron is considered endangered in Illinois, but is the most widespread heron in the world.  Several hundred birds have  created a rather large colony on and around the Lincoln Park Zoo grounds.  More than 400 birds have been counted.

Twig nests are built in Ash and Linden trees near the park's boardwalk.  A nesting pair can lay as many as seven eggs, although most chicks don't survive.

 

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a great site
where you can hear the "wok" calls of this species. (Linked with permission)

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Black Crowned Night Heron in tree

Black-crowned Night-heron - 1 (Photographed at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago)

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Twig nests of Black Crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night-heron - 2 (Photographed at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago)
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Twig nest of Black-crowned Night-heron

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Twig nests of Black-crowned Night-herons in Lincoln Park Zoo

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Adult Black-crowned Night-heron

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Did you know....

There are about 10000 species of birds in the world!

Birds have hollow bones which help them to fly!

 

 

Did you know....

Hummingbirds can fly backwards!

The smallest egg comes from a hummingbird and is the size of a pea.  The largest comes from an ostrich and is the size of a cantaloupe.

 

 

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The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but cannot fly!

Males of most bird species are more colourful with beautiful feather shapes!

 

 

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Mocking birds can imitate sounds!

Herons & Egrets were killed by the thousands so that their feathers cold be used to decorate women's hats!

 

 

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Barn owls swallow their prey whole.  After digestion, they cough up the prey's bones & fur!

 

 

 

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