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Cool facts

Young Black-crowned Night-Herons may aggressively defend their nests, regurgitating and defecating (pooping) on human intruders, squawking with wings outstretched and beak wide open!


Call is a loud, harsh squawk.
To listen to the songs of this species check out the ‘How to Identify’ section of its Focal Species page.


Marshes, swamps, streams, ponds, lakes, and fields.


It eats a wide variety of foods. Earthworms, insects, fish, snakes, rodents, eggs, plants, garbage, and more.

Did you know?

  • When feeding Black-crowned Night-Herons dive feet-first or plunge headfirst into the water.
  • They generally sleep during day except when they have to find food for their young in daylight hours.
  • It seems that adult Black-crowned Night-Herons don’t distinguish between their own young and those from other nests, and will care for chicks that don’t belong to them.

Watch a video of a Black-crowned Night-Heron catching fish: