Yellow-crowned Night-Herons are especially common in coastal areas where they forage on the ground and along tidal creeks. They stand still or walk slowly with a hunched-over posture. Nesting Yellow-crowned Night-Heron can be well hidden in trees and may occur with other heron species. Thet are often active at night, and can be spotted at dusk and dawn as they move to foraging areas.
The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron has a smooth purple-gray coloring, sharp black and white face, and long yellow plumes. They forage at all hours of the day and night, stalking crustaceans in shallow wetlands and wet fields. Their diet leans heavily on crabs and crayfish, which they catch with a lunge and shake apart, or swallow whole. They’re most common in coastal marshes, barrier islands, and mangroves, but their range extends inland as far as the Midwest.