Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Brazilian name: Savacu
Chilean name: Huairavo
|Brazil and Chile
The Black-crowned Night-heron is a fairly cosmopolitan bird occurring in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. There are 4 subspecies with the nominate occurring in the Old World, N.n. hoactli in North and most of South America, N.n. obscurus in Chile and Argentina and N.n. falklandicus in the Falkland Islands.
|Photos 1, 2
and 3 are adult birds of the pale sub-species
N. n. hoactli . Photos 6, 7, 9 and 10 are of the
sub-species N. n. obscurus which is the darkest race with
a grey forehead and grey-brown underparts. Photos 4, 5 and 8 are
of juvenile birds.
They feed on a wide variety of prey
including fish, frogs, snakes, lizards, insects, shrimps,
rodents, bats and birds. Although they can be active during the
day they are mainly crepuscular and,
as the name suggests, nocturnal.
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