Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-crowned Night Heron is a bird which can be found all around the world except in the cold, polar regions. Its preferred habitat is fresh or saltwater wetlands.

How to Identify

I look for the black cap, white body and red eyes. Juvenile birds are brownish, darker where it will turn later to dark grey, and they already have the red eyes.

Where and When to Spot

I first saw Black-crowned Night Herons in St. Eustache. Rapids Park Lachine is another place they can be seen frequently, either hidden within a tree close to the water where they like to fish. For photography, St. Eustache is better as they are getting very close.

Common Names

Black-crowned Night Heron

Nachtreiher (de)
Martinete común (es)
Bihoreau gris (fr)


Nycticorax nycticorax