Least Bittern (species: Ixobrychus exilis) in Birds of Argentina (Gaia Guide)
Ixobrychus exilis
Least Bittern

©Matt Sullivan: Male

©Mike Baird: Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)

©Maureen Leong-Kee: Juvenile
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Ciconiiformes
Family Ardeidae
Genus Ixobrychus
Species Ixobrychus exilis



Distinguishing features

This bird's underparts and throat are white with light brown streaks. Its face and the sides of the neck are light brown; it has yellow eyes and a yellow bill. The adult male is glossy greenish black on the back and crown; the adult female is glossy brown on these parts. They show light brown parts on the wings in flight. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 36 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 46 cm



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