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Little Bittern

Indian Little bitterns are natives of the Old World. Check out the Little bittern of India.

Indian Little Bittern Bird is a native of the Old World and is scientifically known as Lxobrychus minutus. The natural habitat of the bird comprisesof Africa, central and southern Europe, western and southern Asia and Australia. It may be quite difficult to spot a little bittern, as thebird usually spends its time hidden in dense reed beds. At times, you may see the bird gliding quickly overthe top of the reeds. During the breeding season, the bill of a little bittern acquires a distinct red tinge.
Physical Traits
A very small bird, the Little Bittern ofIndia is between 27 and 36 cm in length, with a wingspan of 40 to 58 cm. It weighs around 60 to 150 gm and is one of the smallest herons in the world. The short neck of the birdis complimented with a long bill and buff underparts. The male has black back and crown and the wings are also black, with a large white patch on each wing. The female has a browner back and a buff-brown wing patch.
Subspecies of Little Bittern
*.Lxobrychus minutus minutus (Inhabits Europe, Asia, northern Africa; winters are spent in sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia.)
*.Lxobrychus minutus payesii (Inhabits Sub-Saharan Africa)
*.Lxobrychus minutus podiceps (Inhabits Madagascar)
*.Lxobrychus minutus dubius (Inhabits Australia and New Guinea)
Protection Status
The Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies to the India Little bitterns.
Mating Behavior
Just like most other bitterns, Indian Little Bittern also breeds in reed beds. Four to eight eggs are laid at a time.
Diet
Insects, fish and amphibians make up the diet of the Little Bitterns of India.
Natural Habitat
Little bitterns of India are usually seen breeding in reed beds around lakes, dykes and fishponds.
Facts about of Little Bittern
Kingdom :Animalia
Scientific Name :Lxobrychus minutus
Class :Aves
Order :Ciconiiformes
Family :Ardeidae
Genus :Lxobrychus
Species :L. minutus


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