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Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
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Genus:Nyctanassa
Species:violacea

Specializing in crayfish, crabs, and other crustaceans, this small heron has gourmet tastes. Once considered a rather tropical bird, it has expanded its North American range in recent years to the north and west. It is also found throughout Central and South America. It has nested repeatedly in this exhibit, performing courtship displays and raising chicks.