Key information: Short and chunky, the Black-crowned Night Heron passes through Cyprus during migration, but can also be seen all year round. A small number also breed here. As per its name, it is a nocturnal species, but it can also be seen during the day. Juvenile Night Herons are brown and beige with white spots and have orange eyes, instead of red.
Length: 58 – 65 cm
Habitat: Wetlands, coastal areas
When they can be seen: All year round
What they eat: Fish and other aquatic organisms, small reptiles
In Cyprus: From end of August until beginning of October, it can be seen migrating along the coast of Akamas Peninsula. Throughout the year, it can be seen at wetlands such as Oroklini Lake and Athalassa Park.
Status: Passage migrant, migrant breeder, winter visitor
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis