Birds Living II by Richard Stade - RStade

Black-crowned Night-Heron – Inner city Houston,Texas

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June – Texas

L=25”...... WS=44”...... WT=1.9 lb Order: Ciconiiformes (Herons, Ibises, Storks, New World Vultures, Allies) Family: Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, Bitterns)

Black-crowned Night-Herons feed on a variety of aquatic organisms, especially fish. They prefer shallow vegetated creeks, ponds, marshes and wetlands and, as their name implies, they prefer to feed at night. However, they do extend their feeding period into daylight hours when raising their young which occurs simultaneously with short days in North America. The bird pictured here was feeding during mid-morning and was found far from its normal habitat.