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I have taken this picture of a bird in university zoo in Tel Aviv. It was approximately 25 cm high and seemed to be a flightless species. Can somebody help me identify it?

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They fly rather well when they want to. –  Ross Millikan May 29 at 16:22

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It's a Black Crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax, in my opinion - you can read more about it here. Key to it's identification is the shape of the body and bill, it's characteristic of species from the heron family such as the green heron. The range is right and the red eye is a good clue too.

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Thank you, it seems to be a Black Crowned Night Heron indeed. The photographs on wikipedia page helped me to conform this en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-crowned_night_heron . –  Klara May 29 at 15:44

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