Long Legged Waders

Least Bittern

Ixobrychus aglaiae
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Length: 13 in. (33 cm )
This tiny heron occurs in swampy vegetation, brackish marshes and mangroves. It is most easily seen when it flies across open areas among the vegetation. When threatened, it will cling to vertical stems and freeze in position, pointing its bill upward and mimicking bull rushes and other aquatic vegetation. The Least Bittern gleans insects and amphibians from stalks and leaves and also catches fish and aquatic invertebrates at the water\s edge. Its nest is made of sticks and placed near the ground or over the water in dense vegetation.\r\n'

The four-digit banding code is LEBI.

Male | Barb Winterfield

Marsh / swamp
Bird Sound Type: Warbling
Sex of Bird: Male
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Least Bittern
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: July 18, 2024
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/least-bittern

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Least Bittern. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved July 18, 2024 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/least-bittern

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

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Dr. Biology. "Least Bittern". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/least-bittern

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Dr. Biology. "Least Bittern". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 18 Jul 2024. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/least-bittern

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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