The Night Hag has the following skill proficiencies:

Deception: 7, Insight: 6, Perception: 6, Stealth: 6

Challenge 5 means +3 proficiency bonus, so if we add the appropriate modifier, we should get the following:

Deception (CHA +3): 6, Insight (WIS +2): 5, Perception (WIS +2): 5, Stealth (DEX +2): 5

The actual values are all exactly 1 above the expected values, and I checked the entire SRD, it's the only monster with this particuliarity (I took the possible expertise into account to make this claim). All the other monsters skills proficiencies are either correct or been errata'ed.

Also, the Night Hag (Coven Variant) has the values I'd expect. (Note: this statement is now invalid since my reporting made D&D Beyond update the monster's stats to the book values.)

Furthermore, the Night Hag has already been through a round of errata, so I just don't get why those values are 1 point above the expected value without any text justifying it.

Does anyone have a clue? Is it an error? If yes, how should I report it?

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    \$\begingroup\$ The Night Hag has the feature "Jack of Some Trades" :P \$\endgroup\$
    – Axoren
    Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 13:21

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Possibly a special bonus, but most likely an error.

I have looked through the Monster Manual, and have found nothing to explain why the Night Hag has a +1 to each of those skills, aside from this text

A skill bonus is the sum of a monster's relevant ability modifier and its proficiency bonus, which is determined by the monster's challenge rating (as shown in the Proficiency Bonus by Challenge Rating table). Other modifiers might apply. For instance, a monster might have a larger-than-expected bonus (usually double its proficiency bonus) to account for its heightened expertise.

It is notable that when an entry in the manual has 'double its proficiency bonus', the only indication is the number itself, so it is possible that there is an unspecified bonus present on the Night Hag.

In addition, of the 3 Hags present within the Monster Manual (Sea, Green, Night), the Night Hag is the only one that has items (Heartstone, Soul Bag). While the Heartstone does list an effect that benefits the Hag, the bag does not, only stating that it captures the soul of an evil humanoid that dies due to the Night Hag's Nightmare Haunting action.

So, given that all of the Night Hag's listed skills have a +1, there is a slight possibility that it is due to a bonus which is unlisted, most likely due to one or both of the items it can have.

However, because nothing in the description nor stat block of the Night Hag mentions that anything on or of it produces a definite bonus to any skills, it is likely an error.

As to reporting an error, there are 2 options: 1- make a post in the bug report forum on DNDBeyond; 2- try contacting Wizards directly.

As for contacting Wizards directly, there are 2 things I found, the first is a customer service number - 1 (800) 324-6496 ; the second is this web page: https://dnd-support.wizards.com/hc/en-us

Be aware however, the DNDBeyond bug report forum likely only applies to the site itself, so if you may have to contact Wizards directly if you consider this important.

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    \$\begingroup\$ The D&D Beyond bug report form does only apply to the site itself. I would remove mention of it from your answer. \$\endgroup\$
    – mdrichey
    Commented Nov 9, 2019 at 21:38
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    \$\begingroup\$ @mdrichey I only included that because, though it is slim, there is a possibility that making the staff at DNDBeyond aware of the issue may lead to the proper staff at WOTC being made aware, and fixing the problem. \$\endgroup\$
    – Journer
    Commented Nov 9, 2019 at 22:05

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