Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Crabcatcher)

Length 56-71cm (22-28″). Resident, winter visitor and passage migrant. Increasingly uncommon on all three Islands, as natural habitat is lost. Prefers ponds, lagoons, and secondary swamp. Breeds in mangrove. Also to be seen along sandy beaches and roadsides, foraging for crabs. Despite its name, the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron is active during the day, as well as during the night. Young birds are a mottled oatmeal colour, and sometimes highly approachable.

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