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Black Bittern

Indian Black bittern bird is a solitary creature, with a distinct booming call. Check out the Black

Black bittern, of the Old World origins, is a resident bird of India. The bright color of the bird easily distinguishes it from the other bittern species. In the daytime, one can find Black bitterns of India resting in trees or on the ground, amongst dense reeds. They tend to fly frequently and have a distinct booming call, mainly heard during the breeding season.
Physical Traits
The average length of Indian Black bittern bird is 58 cm. The bird is darkgray to black in color and has a stretched neck and a long yellow bill.The throat is covered with buff streaks and there are yellow streaks on the sides of the head, which stretch down to the neck. An adult Black bittern is entirely black on the above, with undersides that are white in color and have brown steaks. The babies are dark brown incolor. The female is paler as compared to the male.
A solitary creature, Indian Black bittern makes pairs only in the breeding season. Nesting is also done alone and the nests, made up of sticks and reeds, are situated on a branch suspended over water.
Mating Behavior
Mating takes place in the months of December to March, in the reed beds.Three to five eggs are laid at a time, which are incubated by both the parents.
Black bitterns mainly eat frogs, fish, invertebrates and amphibians.
Natural Habitat
Black bittern bird of India occupies terrestrial and estuarine wetlands, where permanent water is present and the vegetation is dense. It may be seen in flooded grassland, forest, woodland, rainforest and mangroves also.
Status and Threats
Indian Black bittern bird is a threatened species. The main threatsfaced by the species include:
*.Destruction of riparian vegetation due to clearing by humans and grazing and trampling by livestock
*.Predation of eggs and juveniles by foxes and feral cats
Facts about Black Bitterns
Kingdom :Animalia
Scientific Name :Lxobrychus flavicollis
Class :Aves
Order :Ciconiiformes
Family :Ardeidae
Genus :Lxobrychus
Species :L. flavicollis
Status :Threatened
Breeding Season :December to March
Clutch Size :3 eggs to 5 eggs
Average Length :58 cm

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