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
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