Black Bittern (species: Ixobrychus flavicollis) in Mebbin NP (Gaia Guide)
Ixobrychus flavicollis
Black Bittern

©Greg Miles: Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis)

©Lip Kee Yap: Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis)

©Charles Lam: Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Ciconiiformes
Family Ardeidae
Genus Ixobrychus
Species Ixobrychus flavicollis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has a longish neck and long yellow bill. The adult is uniformly black above, with yellow neck sides. It is whitish below, heavily streaked with brown. The juvenile is like the adult, but dark brown rather than black. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 66 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is a bittern of Old World origin, breeding in tropical Asia from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka east to China, Indonesia and Australia. It is mainly resident, but some northern birds migrate short distances.

It nests in reedbeds. (Wikipedia)


They feed on insects, fish and amphibians. (Wikipedia)

Web resources