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night heron

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noun
  1. any of several thick-billed, crepuscular or nocturnal herons of the genus Nycticorax and related genera, as N. nycticorax (black-crowned night heron), of the Old and New Worlds, and Nyctanassa violacea (yellow-crowned night heron), of America.

Origin of night heron

First recorded in 1775–85
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  • The breeding-habits of the Night-Heron have already been described in the account of the Ardea egretta.

    Argentine Ornithology, Volume II (of 2)

    P. L. Sclater


British Dictionary definitions for night heron

night heron

noun
  1. any nocturnal heron of the genus Nycticorax and related genera, having short legs and neck, a heavy body, and a short heavy bill
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