Scientific name Ixobrychus
Higher classification Heron
|Mass Little bittern: 59 – 150 g|
Lower classifications Little bittern, Least bittern, Yellow bittern, Cinnamon bittern, Black bittern
Bird of cyprus ixobrychus minutus little bittern
Ixobrychus is a genus of bitterns, a group of wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae. Ixobrychus is from Ancient Greek ixias, a reed-like plant and brukhomai, to bellow.
- Bird of cyprus ixobrychus minutus little bittern
- Woudaap zingend ixobrychus minutus little bittern
It has a single representative species in each of North America, South America, Eurasia and Australasia. The tropical species are largely resident, but the two northern species are partially migratory, with many birds moving south to warmer areas in winter.
The Ixobrychus bitterns are all small species, their four larger relatives being in the genus Botaurus. They breed in large reedbeds, and can often be difficult to observe except for occasional flight views due to their secretive behaviour. Like other bitterns, they eat fish, frogs, and similar aquatic life.