Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron

Nyctanassa violacea

This bird is resident along the shores of coastal Mexico. On the Pacific, it ranges south to the equator. On the Atlantic and Caribbean, we find it from the Gulf Coast south to southern Brazil. Their dietary specialty is crabs and other crustaceans.

Science recognizes six subspecies of this heron. In the USA we have the race N. v. violacea. These USA birds migrate north in summer as far as the upper mid-west and the northern Atlantic coast of New England.

I’ve enjoyed meeting these birds in San Diego (California), south Texas, and on islands off the coast of Baja California (Mexico). Those birds I met in Baja California were most likely winter visitors.

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