Black-crowned Night-Heron

(Nycticorax nycticorax)

Status: Summer Resident. Last recorded on site in 2021
Breeding Status:-
1987-1991: Confirmed1992-1996: Confirmed
1997-2001: Confirmed2002-2006: Possible but not likely
2007-2011: Possible but not likely
This species is State Endangered. It is in danger of extinction as a breeding species in the state of Illinois.

The Patuxent web-site provides more general information about this species.
At this time of year, this species is expected to be present on site.

This species is seen singly or in small groups in the spring, but then becomes common during summer and fall in marshes and lakeshores throughout the lab. The species is known to have bred in the center of the ring and beside DUSAF pond. A couple of juveniles stayed by Swan Lake throughout the winter of 1991-1992.

Photographer: Gene Oleynik.

Photographer: Gene Oleynik.
This is a juvenile bird.