Little Bittern

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 24 November 2014
Scientific Name
Ixobrychus minutus
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Ixobrychus
  • I. minutus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
9.8 to 14.2 inches
16 to 23 inches
2.1 to 5.3 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 小苇鳽
Czech (Cesky) bukáček malý
Danish (Dansk) Dværghejre
Dutch (Nederlands) Woudaap
Finnish (Suomi) pikkuhaikara
French (Français) Blongios nain
German (Deutsch) Zwergdommel
Italian (Italiano) Tarabusino comune
Japanese (日本語) ヒメヨシゴイ [koyoshigoi]
Norwegian (Norsk) Dvergrørdrum
Polish (Polski) bączek
Russian (русский язык) Волчок
Spanish (Español) Mirasol Pequeño
Swedish (Svenska) Dvärgrördrom
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