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Australasian Bittern - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Hans&Judy Beste
Cranbourne, Victoria, 1970
Botaurus poiciloptilus

Identification

75 cm.

  • Mottled brown upperparts
  • Buff underparts with dark brown stripes
  • Pale throat
  • Pale eyebrow
  • Yellow eyes
  • Straight, brownish-yellow bill
  • Pale green feet and legs

Distribution

South-eastern Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Ouvea.

Taxonomy

Monotypic[1]

Habitat

Freshwater wetlands with tall, dense vegetation, particularly bullrushes.

Behaviour

Diet

The diet includes frogs, fish, spiders, insects and snails.

Breeding

They build nests in secluded places in densely-vegetated wetlands on a platform of reeds; 6 olive-brown eggs are laid.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. .nsw.gov.au

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