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About the Little Bittern

Also known as: Black-backed Least Bittern, Common Little Bittern

True to its name, the Little Bittern is a very small species of bittern. There are 15 species of bittern and perhaps only the Dwarf Bittern is smaller than the Little.

Little Bitterns are widespread, found across parts of Europe, Africa, and western Asia. Northern breeders migrate to southern climes during the winter, while those that breed across Africa remain residents year-round.

Little Bitterns are found in reedy areas; they use reeds for nesting and hunt for prey like fish, insects, and amphibians, from reed perches.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 24 November 2014
Scientific Name Ixobrychus minutus
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Ixobrychus
  • I. minutus
Birdorable Family Egrets & Other Waders
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 25 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
9.8 to 14.2 inches
16 to 23 inches
2.1 to 5.3 ounces

International Names

  • 小苇鳽 (Chinese)
  • bukáček malý (Czech)
  • Dværghejre (Danish)
  • Woudaap (Dutch)
  • pikkuhaikara (Finnish)
  • Blongios nain (French)
  • Zwergdommel (German)
  • Tarabusino comune (Italian)
  • ヒメヨシゴイ [koyoshigoi] (Japanese)
  • Dvergrørdrum (Norwegian)
  • bączek (Polish)
  • Волчок (Russian)
  • Mirasol Pequeño (Spanish)
  • Dvärgrördrom (Swedish)