Black-Crowned Night Heron – Junior

Name: Junior

Species: Black-Crowned Night Heron

Liberty Arrival: Fall 2018/Adult

Injury/Condition: Imprinted

Junior was found in Arizona as a fledgling and taken to a local vet, then transferred a month later to Arizona Game & Fish where he stayed until his arrival at Liberty in 2018.  Already imprinted upon his arrival at AG&F, he was non-releasable and became a popular member of the education team at Liberty.

Black-crowned Night Heron Facts:

Black-crowned night herons are found across North America. They live in fresh, salt, and brackish wetlands. They are most active at night or at dusk and are the most widespread heron in the world.

Life span: The oldest black-crowned night heron on record was a female who was at least 21 years, 5 months old.  On average the life span is 10 to 15 years.

Prey: They are opportunistic feeders that eat many kinds of animals including earthworms, insects, clams, fish, amphibians, snakes, rodents, birds, and eggs.  They also eat carrion, plant materials, and garbage from landfills.

Babies/Nests: Stick nests are built in trees or in cattails in safe habitats like an island, swamp, or over water.  Black-crowned night herons nest in colonies, often with a dozen nests in a single tree.  Females lay 3 to 5 eggs that hatch after 29 to 34 days.  Fledging is usually when they are 6 weeks old.