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Little Bittern
Ixobrychus minutus

Map of the common names


The smaller among heron (L 35 cm), contrasting whitish patch on wings identify it. Often common in wetlands with dense vegetation, including rivers, lagoons and ponds. The birds may also occur along sea coast, especially in winter or during migration. The diet is composed mostly of insects, and secondarily small fish and amphibians. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The European population is declening strongly in size and range. It is thought that this decline is due largely to drought in its African passage and wintering quarters and to habitat loss and deterioration in the European breeding areas.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : 4,000 / 7,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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