Indian Little Bittern Bird is a native of the Old World and is scientifically known as Lxobrychus minutus. The natural habitat of the bird comprises of Africa, central and southern Europe, western and southern Asia and Australia. It may be quite difficult to spot a little bittern, as the bird usually spends its time hidden in dense reed beds. At times, you may see the bird gliding quickly over the top of the reeds. During the breeding season, the bill of a little bittern acquires a distinct red tinge.
A very small bird, the Little Bittern of India 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
bird is 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
Subspecies of Little Bittern