Black-crowned Night-Heron

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  • Class: Aves

  • Order: Pelecaniformes

  • Family: Ardeidae

  • Genus: Nycticorax

  • Species: N. nycticorax

ARTIST'S NOTES

This illustration of a Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) was completed on December 8, 2017. The drawing is based on a photo I took during a colonial waterbird nesting survey in Marina del Rey, Los Angeles County, California in September 2017.  

INFORMATION ABOUT BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON

The Black-crowned Night-Heron, under current taxonomy, is a nearly globally-occurring species with the exception of Australia, many Asian Pacific islands, and colder latitudes where it is absent. It is a migrant in the northern portions of its range. A mid-sized heron, it is found in both fresh- and saltwater wetlands and nests colonially, often with other species of herons and egrets. As the name implies, this species is mostly active at night, typically roosting in trees during the day. The name "Nycticorax" is derived from ancient Greek for "night raven".

  • Length: 22.8–26 in (58–66 cm)
  • Wingspan: 45.3–46.5 in (115–118 cm)
  • Weight: 25.6–35.8 oz (727–1014 g)
  • Habitat: Fresh, brackish, and saltwater wetlands.
  • Food: Their varied diet includes small fish, crustaceans, frogs, aquatic insects, small mammals, and small birds. 
  • Reproduction: Nests colonially, often with other herons, on flimsy platforms of sticks typically placed high in trees. Typical clutch size is three to eight eggs. Eggs are white to off-white.
  • Conservation Status: NatureServe Global Status - G5 (Secure), IUCN Red List - LC (Least Concern)
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Vector drawing (infinitely scaleable)

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Vector image drawn in Affinity Designer

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