Take A Close Look At The Night-Herons

Take A Close Look At The Night-Herons

I’ve recently seen both the Black-crowned Night-Heron and the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron and you can easily tell them apart. Now when it comes to their kids, well that’s a different story… The juvenile Night-Herons look almost identical! I am at the point where I don’t even bother to try to figure out which one it is, I’ll just keep my eyes open for the adults.

The adult Black-crowned Night-Heron has a dark cap on his head and is a stocky bird. As for the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, they have a black and white pattern on their face and are taller.

The juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron has longer legs, thicker/darker bill, a bit grayer with smaller spots compared to the juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron. It does sound like a lot of differences, but unless you put the two of them side by side, it is extremely difficult to know which one you’re looking at!

Adult Black-crowned Night-Heron3B3B1158-5BD6-416A-879C-87F0EF9139ED

Adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron6B045B7A-ED0D-4C41-8097-EFCC61407E1A

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-HeronC5138B83-5F39-425D-929C-CEBC3A32B3A6

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron4C5CF36B-E8C8-49E1-8BE9-34334558F823

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