FAL162 Feathers £1.26 Night Heron Full Sheet
£1.26 Black-crowned Night Heron – Nycticorax nycticorax falklandicus
Breeding in small numbers in the Falkland Islands, the Night heron is another species which can be found around the world. This bird has striking blue-grey plumage when fully mature, with 1-3 long, white plume feathers at the crown which are raised during courtship and communication between birds. The juvenile birds’ feathers differ significantly, giving them a brownish, speckled plumage. The colour of the eye also changes; juvenile birds have a bright yellow eye, whereas fully mature adults have a bright red iris, shown partly in this stamp.