Nycticorax nycticorax hoactli
English : Black-crowned night-heron
French : Bihoreau gris
Class : Aves
Order : Pelecaniformes
Family : Ardeidae
Notes : 3 other subspecies known.
The species can grow to 65 cm in length for a weight of 1.1 kg. Black cap, back and upper wings. Long white crest plumes. Rest of plumage is grey, turning white on sides of head and breast for this subspecies. Juvenile is brown.
Range and habitat
This subspecies occurs from south Canada to Central America, south to Argentina. The species also occurs in Chile, Africa, Europe and Asia. Lives in all kinds of wetlands, coastal areas, even on kelp beds at sea, to 4800 m.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species is common to locally abundant and has an extremely wide range. Local declines have been noted because of habitat loss and pesticides.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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