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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea

Described by: Linnaeus (1758)
Alternate common name(s): Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Old scientific name(s): Nycticorax violaceus


Mount Pleasant, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Jun 18, 2006 © William Hull  Anna Maria Island, Manatee County, Florida, USA - Oct 30, 2005 © William Hull  Matlacha, Lee County, Florida, USA - May 27, 2001 © William Hull  Matlacha, Lee County, Florida, USA - May 27, 2001 © William Hull  Anna Maria Island, Manatee County, Florida, USA - Nov 3, 2005 © William Hull 
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Se. North America, Central America to coastal wc. and se. South America;
(1) E. and c. United States (c. and ne. Texas, e. Colorado, c. Oklahoma, ne. Kansas, se. Nebraska, s. Iowa, se. Minnesota, s. Wisconsin, s. Michigan, lower Ohio Valley, e. Tennessee, e. West Virginia, se. Pennsylvania and Massachusetts s. through se. states), ex. sc. Canada (s. Ontario) and e. Mexico s. to Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.
(2) Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad, Guyana, Surinam, Guiana, ne. and e. Brazil s. to Rio Grande do Sul.
(3) W. Mexico from c. Baja, c. Sonora s. to El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the West Indies.
(4) Socorro Is. Maria Madre Is.
(5) Panama s. w. of the Andes in w. Colombia, Ecuador and ex. nw. Peru and e. of the Andes in Colombia, Venezuela including Margarita Is., e. Brazil (e. Bahia) s. to Rio Grande do Sul.
(6) Galapagos Is.
North America n. of Mexican border
Summer: MAS (Cape Cod), RID, CNT, ex. se. NYK (Long Island), s. NJY, DEL, e. MYD, e. VIR, e. NCA, e. SCA, e. and s. GEO, FLA, n. to c. ALA, MIS, LOU, e. TEX, e. and s. OKA, ex. se. KAN, ARK, s. and e. MOU, w. TEN, w. KTY, s. IND, s. and w. ILL, e. IWA, sw. WIS, ex. se. MIN (Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys);
Winter: coastal ex. s. NCA, e. SCA, e. GEO, coastal and s. FLA, s. ALA, s. MIS, s. LOU, e. TEX; Postbreeding dispersal to the Great Lakes and the Maritime Provinces of Canada.


Matlacha, Lee County, Florida, USA - May 27, 2001 Source: William Hull
Description: Bird is walking in mangroves.


No sounds are available for this species


Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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