Little bittern

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The Little bittern – Ixobrychus minutus is a small member of the Ardeidae (Heron) Family of wading-birds in the Order Pelecaniformes. It is widely distributed as a summer breeder across Europe to Central Asia, and as a resident across s s Africa. The migratory population, (apart from the N Nile River and Delta), migrate and winter in the same s s Africa areas as the resident population. In the AWB Region it is a summer breeder to Morocco, Tunisia, The Levant, Turkey, E Saudi Arabia, NW Qatar and S Oman. Parts of the N Nile River and Delta have resident populations but the main wintering area is s s Africa, except for the Horn of Africa and parts of SW Africa.

Type - wading-bird - solitary, secretive, crepuscular, sometimes loose nesting colonies.
Summer Habitat - freshwater wetlands with dense vegetation cover and a few trees nearby,
Resident Habitat - oases, marshes, swamps, rice fields, mangroves, salt marshes, coastal lagoons, 

Order:   Pelecaniformes
Family:  Ardeidae
Genus:  Ixobrychus

Species - Ixobrychus minutus 
Little bittern - Species - ebird.org
Little bittern - List - heronconservation.org
Little bittern - Species sheet - wikipedia.org
Little bittern - Birds - vogelwarte.ch
Little bittern - Sounds & Maps - xeno-canto.org

Additional Material...
Little bittern - Images - google.com
Little bittern - Video - youtube.com
Little bittern - Datazone - birdlife.org


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