DENR National Capital Region through its West Field Office (WFO) rescues juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) in Tondo, Manila.

A netizen reported the bird to the regional office as she found the bird weak and was unable to fly in their backyard. The regional office immediately dispatched a team from the WFO to rescue the bird.

Night herons are generally migratory, but in tropical regions like the Philippines, they tend to be sedentary but widespread. In Metro Manila, for example, Night Herons are known residents of the Las Pinas-Paranaque Wetland Park (LPPWP) and the Navotas Marine Tree Park (NMPTP).

The bird is listed as “Least Concern” in both the database of threatened species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and DENR Administrative Order No. 2019-09 because of its wide distribution. Night Herons, along with other resident and migratory seabirds, are known to fly to and from the entire 190-kilometer coastline of Manila Bay in search of food.