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Australian Little Bittern

(Ixobrychus dubius)
Alternate name(s): "Little Bittern", "Black-backed Little Bittern", "Black-backed Least Bittern", "Minute Bittern", "Kaoriki"
Size: 25-35 cm; wing span ca. 0.5 m
Weight: 60-120 g (84 g average)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Australian Little Bittern at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Near-frontal view of a female Australian Little Bittern standing in a tussock
[Near Maules Creek, NSW, January 2014]

Lateral view of a female Australian Little Bittern moulting into adult plumage
[Near Maules Creek, NSW, January 2014]

The same Australian Little Bittern as shown above, now in its "cryptic posture"
[Near Maules Creek, NSW, January 2014]

Dorsal view of an Australian Little Bittern in flight
[Near Maules Creek, NSW, January 2014]

A female Australian Little Bittern was found by us in this seep of a minor creek running through at the time extremely dry woodland
[Near Maules Creek, NSW, January 2014]


Social behaviour: Territorial? Mobility: Migratory Elementary unit: Solitary


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

lbittrn_20161208.mp3 (NW NSW) Contact calls © MD
lbittrn_20161208.m4a (NW NSW) Contact calls (with foreground) © MD
lbittrn_20161208_4.mp3 (NW NSW) Contact calls © MD
lbittrn_20161208_4.m4a (NW NSW) (As above; original recording) © MD

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