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Heard calling at midnight on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge by Dr.Greg Clancy with characteristic booming call; “whoom” 20-30sec interval “whoom”. Listed as a Threatened  Species  in south due to habitat loss. This bird requires dense water-edge vegetation. Generally feeds at dusk and night foraging on reptiles, fish and invertebrates. During the day they roost in trees or on ground in dense reeds.

Reference  ; Morcombe, M. Field Guide to Australian Birds.

Image Credit;  IBC (Internet file share).

One Response to Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis).

  • elizabeth smith says:

    can any body tell me if this bird has any stories or signifance to the aboriginal people

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