Immature Yellow-crowned Night-herons and immature Black-crowned Night-herons look very similar. Both are brown with large white spots on the wings and blurry streaks on the underparts.
However, immature Yellow-crowned Night-herons have dark bills while the bill of immature Black-crowned Night-herons are dark on top and yellowish on the bottom.
Furthermore, immature Black-crowned Night-herons are chunky and squat like the adults and have short necks. Immature Yellow-crowned Night-herons tend to stand straighter and have heavier bills and longer legs, and the back and wings have finer spots and streaks than those of immature Black-crowned Night-herons.
J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA, 22 November 2012
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