Yellow Crowned Night Heron

Yellow Crowned Night Heron

Yellow Crowned Night Heron

 

Juvenile Yellow Crowned Night Heron

Juvenile Yellow Crowned Night Heron

 I saw these two Yellow Crowned Night Herons at the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel. The bird with the two white stripes on its’ head is the adult Yellow Crowned Night Heron and the other is called a juvenile or immature Night Heron. It is a nocturnal bird and looks for it’s food in the mangroves or shallow waters of coastal areas of Florida and the southeastern United States. Its’ diet consists of crustaceans, small crabs, fish, lizards, snakes and other small prey. Ding Darlings Birdwatchers named this bird one of it’s “fab five” birds to see at the refuge. You can find out what the other four are it’s website. Another good source of information about the Yellow Crowned Night Heron are All About Birds published by the Ornithology lab at Cornell Univ.

 

 

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