Indian Little bitterns are natives of the Old World.
Check out the Little bittern of India.
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
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
- Lxobrychus minutus minutus (Inhabits Europe, Asia, northern
Africa; winters are spent in sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia.)
- Lxobrychus minutus payesii (Inhabits Sub-Saharan Africa)
- Lxobrychus minutus podiceps (Inhabits Madagascar)
- Lxobrychus minutus dubius (Inhabits Australia and New Guinea)
The Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory
Waterbirds (AEWA) applies to the India Little bitterns.
Just like most other bitterns, Indian Little Bittern also breeds in
reed beds. Four to eight eggs are laid at a time.
Insects, fish and amphibians make up the diet of the Little Bitterns of
Little bitterns of India are usually seen breeding in reed beds around
lakes, dykes and fishponds.
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