Indian Cinnamon bittern is a small bird, having Old World origins. It is seen inhabiting the tropical parts of Asia, stretching on from India and Sri Lanka to China and Indonesia. Cinnamon bitterns of India are very shy and secretive by nature and can easily conceal themselves. One can see them only during flight, which is typically short and low.
Indian Cinnamon bittern has a short neck and a long bill. It grows to a
length of around 38 cm. A female as well as a young cinnamon bittern is
black in color and has a brown crown. The only difference is that the
lower portion of the babies is heavily streaked with brown. The body of
the males is entirely cinnamon in color.
Indian Cinnamon bittern bird is a lonely creature, which prefers to
hunt on its own. It even sleeps alone, on platforms of bent-over grass
The breeding season of Cinnamon bitterns of India stretches throughout
the year. The nests are made in shrubs, on platforms of reeds, out of
short pieces of reeds, grass or other vegetation. Four to six eggs are
laid at a time and the chicks are creamy-white in color.
Indian Cinnamon bitterns mainly survive on a diet of invertebrates,
fish and amphibians.
Cinnamon Bitterns can be usually found in freshwater wetlands, which
have vegetation thick enough to hide them. For example, marshes, rice
fields, grasslands, reed beds, ponds, reservoirs, etc, upto 2000 m in
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