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54â€“66 cm (21Â¼-26 in)
Female: is not so dark as the male, and is yellower on the underparts
Tropical Asia to Australia.
Some authorities place this species in the genus Dupetor.
Ixobrychus flavicollis has three subspecies:
Densely vegetated margins of lakes and ponds, forest swamps and riverbanks, rice fields and mangroves.
The stick nest is made on a branch overhanging water; it is lined with reeds. Both adults incubate the 3 to 5 eggs and rear the young.
The diet includes frogs, reptiles, fish and invertebrates, snails, dragonflies, shrimps and crayfish.
A booming call.
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