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night heron



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.


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Origin of night heron

First recorded in 1775–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for night heron

  • 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


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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