Yellow Bittern / হলদে বক (Ixobrychus sinensis)

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Yellow Bittern / হলদে বক (Ixobrychus sinensis)

Postby shovon666 » 26 Aug 2013, 05:24

Yellow Bitterns are the smallest of the bitterns. Hunting small fish, frogs and invertebrates, they take smaller prey. They prefer freshwater wetlands with thick vegetation to hide and nest in: marshes, grasslands, reedbeds, ponds, reservoirs, including man-made canals, dredge-mine lagoons. They may also be found near mangroves.

Bitterns are famous for their ability to blend in. When they sense a potential predator, they stand motionless amongst the reeds, with beak pointing straight up and neck vertical. These secretive birds are hard to spot because of their supreme camouflage. They are usually seen only in flight, and their flights are usually brief and low.

Status and threats: Bitterns are currently not endangered, but are affected by habitat destruction and overuse of pesticides which poison their prey and them. Ironically, Bitterns may actually help control insect pests on rice fields and should be encouraged in cultivated fields.

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