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Information for Black bittern - Ixobrychus flavicollis

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Black bittern
Ixobrychus flavicollis

Up to 58cm in length, this is a large bittern, found in wetland areas.

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Black bittern - Ixobrychus flavicollis on the Daintree River - Photo by Alex Pawlow

It is relatively common along the Daintree River, however is often difficult to spot.

The upperparts of the black bittern are all black, and the underside is steaked white and brown. They have yellow sides to the neck. uveniles are more brown than black above.

It nests in shrubs and trees where it makes a platform of reeds.