Black-crowned Night-Heron

A small, stocky heron that hunts in marshes by night, this bird often spends the daylight hours in a communal roost with others of its species. Its prey includes insects, fish, frogs, and sometimes bird nestlings. It has a deep, croaking call.

• NKST A flimsy stick platform, built in a tree, bush, or reedbed.

• Distribution

In most of the world except for N. North America, N. Eurasia, and Australasia.

paired head plumes

Plumage Sexcs a|ikc


Migration par,ja| miRrant


Looking like a night-heron except for its capacious bill, this bird is adapted for night hunting, even in total darkness. Its prey consists of small creatures such as fish, shrimp, and insects, and the . Boat-bill is believed to be able to feel , , , these in the dark with its bill, which is //t ' touch sensitive. As soon as contact is made the bill opens, drawing in a current of water and with it the prey. The Boatbill feeds at the edges of mangrove creeks, beside other tidal inlets, and in either fresh or partly saltwater lagoons, lakes, and marshes, it roosts and nests in trees or bushes, either in pairs or in small groups of pairs. • NEST A frail platform made of twigs, placed in mangroves or other swamp trees. . • DISTRIBUTION ^^^^^^ From Mexico to n. Argentina.


Species Cochlearius cochlearius

Length 20 jn (50 cm)

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