Least Bittern

Ixobrychus exilis

Order

CICONIIFORMES

Family

Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)

Code 4

LEBI

Code 6

IXOEXI

ITIS

HEAD

Least Bittern Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Dagger
  • Eye Color: Yellow.
  • Head pattern: Capped, Crested or plumed
  • Crown Color: Black
  • Forehead Color: Black
  • Nape Color: Red-buff
  • Throat Color: White
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

Least-Bittern Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 28-36 cm (11-14 in)
  • Weight: 85 g (3 oz)
  • Size: Medium (9 - 16 in)
  • Color Primary: Gray, Buff
  • Underparts: White
  • Upperparts: Black
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Striped or streaked

FLIGHT

Least Bittern Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Weak direct flight with slow labored wing beats.
  • Wingspan Range: 41-46 cm (16-18 in)
  • Wing Shape: Broad-Wings, Pointed-Wings
  • Tail shape: Squared Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Solid
  • Upper Tail: Black
  • Under Tail: White
  • Leg Color: Yellow
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Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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