black-crowned night heron


: a widely distributed night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) having a black crown and back, gray wings, and white underparts

Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black-crowned night heron was in 1844

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“Black-crowned night heron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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