Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron

The most commonly seen heron in Bermuda is the Yellow-crowned Night Heron. This medium sized heron can be seen during the day fishing from coastal rocks or docks. At night they can be seen hunting for land crabs in coastal forests or on beaches. They are also frequently seen in lawns and gardens where they catch a variety of prey including insects, whistling frogs and lizards. 

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron

The adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron has a light grey body with a black head and a very prominent orange eye. Immature birds are grey or brownish with light-coloured spots.