Auku'u Black Crown Night Heron

Auku'u Black Crown Night Heron

The Black-crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax boactli, is indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands and reported to be present on all islands though not in large numbers. They frequent ponds, marshes and lagoons. The auku’u is often seen standing still, a frozen silhouette, motionless in the early morning as they wait patiently for some unfortunate passing insect, fish or frog to serve as breakfast. Herons in Hawaii tend to build nests for their young in large trees such as the kiawe (mesquite) trees. They build large nests made of twigs and sticks.