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Bird Identification: CLOSED: Black or Yellow Crowned Heron?

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Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

July 31, 2012
9:17 AM

Post #9224766

I'm guessing this is a juvenile Crowned Heron, but is it a Yellow-Crowned or Black-Crowned. In my guides, they are so similar. Anyone know
how to tell? Both are common in coastal S. Carolina, where I took this shot this morning.


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United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

July 31, 2012
1:16 PM

Post #9225069

Subadult (1 year old) Yellow-crowned; note the white fringes on the mantle feathers, Black-crowned has uniform brownish-grey at this age. The black throat (white in B-c) is also starting to show.

Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

July 31, 2012
4:00 PM

Post #9225241

Thank you, Resin. My field guide was vague about the difference in the markings. I'm making note of yours for future reference.
Much appreciated!

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