The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) resides from Northeast USA and Northwest Mexico to Peru and Brazil. It is seen in saltwater habitats, mangroves, and gallery forests. Adults are 61 cm (24 inches) in height and 625 g in weight.
Its head is black, with a white to buffy forehead and crown. Neck and underparts are gray. Inmatures are above are dull brown, spotted with white. Below are whitish, streaked with brown. It feeds on small fishes and insects.