Adult Black-crowned Night Heron (subspecies N. n. nycticorax) at Kyoto, Japan - July 2013
OTHER NAMES: Night Heron
Local Name (Japan): Goi sagi (ゴイサギ) - "Bittern Heron"
Local Name (Malay): Pucung Kuak ("Croak Heron")
Local Name (Spain): Martinete
Featured Subspecies: Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax
The Black-Crowned Night Heron is a medium sized heron with a huge international range, spreading down the entire length of the Americas, and across Eurasia from Iberia to Japan, and from the Nile to South Africa making it one of the most widely distributed species on the planet. Despite all this, it isn't found in the UK except as a vagrant except for a few feral colonies. I saw this species in good numbers during my Kyoto trip - this one was showing very well along the Kamo River, and I saw a colony nesting on the edge of Osaka Zoo from the train. In Europe I saw this species once - a brown juvenile flying along the river beneath Toledo.
Subspecies: N. n. nycticorax, N. n. hoactli, N. n. obscurus, N. n. falklandicus
- Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Locally common resident.
MALAYSIA - Fairly common resident.
- MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: Several seen in flyover around Kuala Lumpur
SPAIN - Fairly common resident.- MADRID 2015 TRIP: A single juvenile seen at Toledo
- MADRID 2016 TRIP: A single adult seen at Laguna Navaseca
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, Birdforum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List