Cinnamon Bittern

A small Old World bittern, the cinnamon bittern or chestnut bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus) is native to tropical and subtropical Asia, from India east to China and Indonesia. It is mostly populated, although some northern birds fly short distances.


Cinnamon Bittern


At 38 cm (15 in) in length, this is a small species, but it is one of the larger Ixobrychus bitterns. The male is uniformly cinnamon above and buff below, having a short neck and longish bill. The female is identical, but brown is her back and crown, and the juvenile is like the female below, but heavily streaked brown. It assumes the stereotypical pose of bitterns, called the on-guard, when shocked at its nest or worried.


chestnut bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus)


In the reed beds, the cinnamon bittern breeds, breeding on reed platforms in shrubs. It lays four to six eggs. Given their skulking nature and reed bed habitat, the species can be difficult to see, but prefer to emerge at night, when they can be seen creeping almost cat-like in search of frogs. Cinnamon bitterns feed on insects, fish and amphibians.



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