Species Details

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Cinnamon Bittern Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
Family : Ardeidae
Order : Pelecaniformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Chestnut Bittern
Habitat : Wetlands
Description : The Cinnamon Bittern is a small bright cinnamon-chestnut, hunchbacked heron (adult bird length approximately 38 cm, wing 14 cm, bill 4.7 cm, tarsus 4.7 cm, tail 4.3 cm). The male has a cinnamon-rufous crown, hind-neck and upperparts including the wings and tail. It has slightly paler rufous-buff underparts. It feeds on small fish, amphibians, insects and molluscs. The cinnamon bittern breeds in reed beds, where they create nests on platforms made of reeds in shrubs. They typically lay four to six eggs. Due to their secretive and elusive nature, spotting them can be challenging, as they prefer to stay hidden among the reeds. However, during dusk, they become more active and can be observed moving stealthily, almost resembling the movements of a cat, as they hunt for frogs.
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:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;more information, please contact us.