Species Details

@Syed Abbas (Birdwing,Bangladesh);

Black Bittern Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Ixobrychus flavicollis
Family : Ardeidae
Order : Pelecaniformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Wetlands
Description : The Black Bittern is a very secretive, blackish waterbird with a long buff neck (adult bird length approximately 58 cm, wing 20.3 cm, bill 7.5 cm, tarsus 6.5 cm, tail 6.8 cm). Both sexes have golden-brown irises, yellowish-horn bill with a red tint and yellowish tip. Its facial skin is purple, and its legs and feet are dark brown. It feeds on fish, amphibians and aquatic invertebrates. It occasionally takes small birds and rodents. It is more active at dawn and dusk. It breeds in June-September.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:Syed Abbas (Birdwing,Bangladesh);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;more information, please contact us.