Night Heron, Black-capped Night Heron
Russian: Кваква, Обыкновенная кваква
Mongolian: Ногоовор зашин
length: 58-65 cm
span: 90-100 cm
colonially at marshes, ponds and riversides. Summer visitor, winters in Africa.
Rare visitor to mainly S Britain & Ireland. Food fish, frogs, insects.
Active mainly at night, roosting communally in trees during daylight. Nests in
trees, sometimes reedbeds; nest is platform of sticks.
Short-billed, very stocky, medium-sized heron. In flight, has compact,
stumpy-ended outline (feet not much noticeable) with slightly raised body and
drooping bill and stiff wingbeats. Most often seen at dawn or dusk, flying to
and from roosts, but not always strictly nocturnal, and daytime sightings not
Unmistakable in good views, but in flight often looks all grey (black back
often difficult to see). Legs dull pinkish-yellow, reddish when breeding.
Brown and buff with prominent white spotting (gradually lost). 2nd winter: like adult but crown ad back faded
grey-brown, not black.