Black Crowned Night Herons, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka

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Black Crowned Night Herons are relatively small as far as herons go. They have shorter legs than some of their other heron counterparts, and lack the characteristic long curved neck. This species stands about two feet tall, and weigh around two pounds.

Their plumage feathers is gray and black, and their eyes are bright red. On the tops of their heads and backs, their feathers are nearly black, while their sides are gray and their undersides are cream colored.

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