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.
Monday, July 22 2019