Prey Handling in Yellow-crowned Night Herons

Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) Science Article 1


Although an extensive literature exists on the foraging ecology of wading birds (reviewed by Kushlan 1978), detailed studies of the Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) are lacking.The yellowcrown is unique among the ardeids in that it specializeson crustacean prey (Palmer 1962, Hancock and Elliott 1978) and exhibits behavioral and morphological adaptations suited to this diet. Analyses of prey handling are presented here.

MARK F. RIEGNER, The Auk 99: 380-381

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