night heron

[ nahyt-her-uhn ]
/ ˈnaɪt ˌhɛr ən /

noun

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

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Origin of night heron

First recorded in 1775–85
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night heron

noun

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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