Black Bittern

The Black Bittern is a wading bird and is distributed in Indian Subcontinent, China, Southeast Asia, Australia and Indonesia. It is a large-sized heron with a bold yellow neck stripe and though it is resident, these bittern species show local movements, especially in search of water and based on rains. They are seldom seen because they hunt in densely vegetated marshes and creek edges. When disturbed, it runs into cover or flies away. They roost when not foraging in reeds, trees or on the ground.

Gujarati Name

કાળી પાનબગલી

Scientific Name

Lxobrychus flavicollis

Scientific Family


Status in Gujarat

Resident, very uncommon

IUCN Status

Least Concern

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