Little Bittern
Ixobrychus minutus
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The nominate little bittern is a palearctic migrant, while race payesi may breed locally (see map). The distinguishing cream-coloured upper wing patch is seen in flight. The left upper photo was taken at Lake Duluti (2008), courtesy of Martin Goodey; the right upper, in the Big Marsh (Ndutu, 1-07), courtesy of Paul Oliver. The left 2nd row photo was taken at TPC-Moshi (8-18), courtesy of Christine Baissac; the right 2nd row bird, at Pembe Abwe (12-09). The ssp. payesi in flight (3rd row) was seen at the Bahari Saltworks (2-14), courtesy of Riaan Marais and the 4th & 5th row photos were taken at Mbuyuni Farm near Morogoro (1-19), courtesy of Kim Axmann. The 6th row was photographed at Kisumo-Kenya (2-22), courtesy of Per Holmen; and the bottom juvenile, Mkomazi (1-23), courtesy of Abdul Al-Habesha.
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All unattributed images on this website are:
copyright © 2001-23 Ron Eggert or David Peterson
All other images are the property of the indicated photographers:
Paul Oliver, Christine Baissac, Riaan Marais, Martin Goodey
Kim Axmann, Per Holmen, Abdul Al-Habesha

Last Update this page: 2-07-23