(Nycticorax nycticorax) Description: Stocky heron with short neck and legs. Adult has black crown and back; white hindneck plumes are longest in breeding season.
Habitat: Coastal estuaries,
lakeshores, freshwater marshes and channels.
Diet: Mainly fish.
Displays: On tree male bows, stretches neck, erects breast feathers and back plumes, calls. Female responds similarly.
Nest: Builds loose nest in tree, of
sticks, twigs, reeds; scant lining of finer materials.
Eggs: Light blue or green, about 2 inches long.
Natural history notes: This bird sometimes nests in backyard trees, with the noisy and messy young sometimes creating a nuisance. Can sometimes be spotted on pilings or piers in bays and harbors.