Ixobrychus is a genus of , a group of wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae. It has a single representative species in each of North America, South America, Eurasia and Australasia. The tropical species are largely resident, but the two northern species are partially migratory, with many birds moving south to warmer areas in winter.
The Ixobrychus bitterns are all small species, their four larger relatives being in the genus Botaurus. They breed in large reedbeds, and can often be difficult to observe except for occasional flight views due to their secretive behaviour. Like other bitterns, they eat fish, frogs, and similar aquatic life.
- Little Bittern, Ixobrychus minutus
- New Zealand Little Bittern, Ixobrychus novaezelandiae (extinct)
- Cinnamon Bittern, Ixobry chus cinnamomeus
- Stripe-backed Bittern, Ixobrychus involucris
- Least Bittern, Ixobrychus exilis
- Yellow Bittern, Ixobrychus sinensis
- Schrenck's Bittern, Ixobrychus eurhythmus
- Dwarf Bittern, Ixobrychus sturmii
- Black Bittern, Ixobrychus flavicollis
The Genus Ixobrychus is further organized into finer groupings including:
- Species: ZipcodeZoo has pages for 27 species and subspecies in the Genus Ixobrychus: I. cinnamomeus (Cinnamon Bittern) · I. eurhythmus (Von Schrenck's Little Bittern) · I. eurythmus · I. exilis (Little Bittern) · I. exilis bogotensis · I. exilis erythromelas · I. exilis exilis (Cory's Bittern) · I. exilis hesperis (Western Least Bittern) · I. exilis limoncochae · I. exilis peruvianus · I. exilis pullus · I. flavavicollis · I. flavicollis (Black Bittern) · I. flavicollis australis · I. flavicollis flavicollis (Black Bittern) · I. flavicollis woodfordi · I. involucris (Stripe-Backed Bittern) · I. minutus (Little Bittern) · I. minutus dubius · I. minutus minutus (Little Bittern) · I. minutus novaezelandiae · I. minutus payesii · I. minutus podiceps · I. novaezelandiae (New Zealand Little Bittern) · I. sinensis (Chinese Little Bittern) · I. sinensis sinensis (Chinese Little Bittern) · I. sturmii (African Dwarf Bittern)
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