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Indian Cinnamon bitterns belong to the Lxobrychus Genus. Read about the Cinnamon bittern of India.

Cinnamon Bittern

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.

Physical Traits
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 stems.

Mating Behavior
Indian Cinnamon Bittern 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.

Natural Habitat
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 altitude.

Facts about Cinnamon Bittern

Kingdom : Animalia
Scientific Name : Lxobrychus cinnamomeus
Class : Aves
Order : Ciconiiformes
Family : Ardeidae
Genus : Lxobrychus
Species : L. cinnamomeus
Average Length : 38 cm
Breeding Habitat : Reed beds
Breeding Period : Throughout the year
Clutch Size : 4 eggs to 6 eggs
Incubation Period : Approximately 23 days
Status : Not endangered