The black bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis) is a bittern of Old World origin, breeding in tropical Asia from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka east to China, Indonesia, and Australia. It is mainly resident, but some northern birds migrate short distances.



This is a fairly large species at 58 cm (23 in) in length, being by some margin the largest bittern in the Ixobrychus genus. Compared to related species, it has a longish neck and long yellow bill. The adult is uniformly black above, with yellow neck sides. It is whitish below, heavily streaked with brown. The juvenile is like the adult, but dark brown rather than black.

Their breeding habitat is reed beds. They nest on platforms of reeds in shrubs, or sometimes in trees. Three to five eggs are laid. They can be difficult to see, given their skulking lifestyle and reed bed habitat, but tend to fly fairly frequently when the all black upperparts makes them unmistakable.

Black bitterns feed on insects, fish, and amphibians.
Black Bittern
Date Location Count
2021-07-22 16:00Haleji Lake2
2021-06-26 06:27Rohni1
2021-06-27 05:50Kheda (OBI)1
2021-06-26 18:00Vishal's birding ditch1
2021-07-11 09:45Kalai Lake1
2021-07-10 07:30Kalai Beach3
2021-07-21 07:34Timbi Lake1
2021-07-15 17:15TS Chanakya College, Navi Mumbai1
2021-07-11 07:34Nilje Lake,1
2021-07-11 07:24Jogi Talaab2
2021-07-11 04:30Head Marala4
2021-06-27 06:00Harike Bird Sanctuary2
2021-07-04 08:56Harike Bird Sanctuary--Kot Qaim Khan12
2021-07-10 07:09Nandur Madhyameshwar Bird Sanctuary1
2021-07-11 05:22Chakki River--Pathankot1
2021-07-09 05:45Chambal River Gorge, near Garadia Mahadev Temple1
2021-07-17 06:30Lake View1
2021-07-15 07:33Chappar Chiri1
2021-07-08 17:10Tapti River--behind BTPS2
2021-07-24 17:23Pimprisekam-River Bhogawati2
2021-07-24 07:15Kenjar Wetlands, Mangalore1
2021-07-09 05:45Kheda Jhanjhrola HR/IN1
2021-07-24 14:50Najafgarh Drain (Dhansa Barrage) HR/IN1
2021-06-27 06:50Budhera WTP, Gurgaon1
2021-07-09 06:54Chandu Najafgarh drain area Hr/IN1
2021-07-09 09:45Najafgarh Jheel Area1
2021-07-11 08:11Basai Wetland4
2021-07-24 17:00Kuniyan Wetland-Main1
2021-07-20 05:56Okhla Bird Sanctuary1
2021-07-04 06:55Ezhome2
2021-07-06 06:19Kattampally1
2021-07-11 07:20Bharatpur--Keoladeo Ghana NP--Sapan Mori1
2021-07-25 05:58Haiderpur Wetlands and Bijnor Barrage1
2021-07-14 15:13Rajah Company --Arattupuzha Temple Rd1
2021-07-16 14:04Kochi--Vaduthala (JM Spot)1
2021-07-05 17:15Krishnampathi Lake, Seeranaickenpalayam1
2021-07-20 06:45madannada temple mynagappally1
2021-07-10 15:00Manjeera Wildlife Sanctuary1
2021-07-08 07:30Yelahanka Kere1
2021-07-08 06:45Hulimangala, Bangalore1
2021-07-15 16:15Saul Kere / Sowl Kere1
2021-07-11 09:33Muthanallur Kere1
2021-07-09 06:35Gorewada Lake, Nagpur2
2021-07-10 05:30Gangaghat -- Katarilodhwakhera1
2021-07-22 07:58Zilmili Lake1
2021-07-17 15:36Gomti Bridge on IIM Road, Lucknow2
2021-07-13 18:01Panaiyadikuppam Lake (பனையடிகுப்பம் ஏரி)2
2021-07-16 05:47Nallathur Lake (நல்லாத்தூர் ஏரி)2
2021-07-24 08:22Korkadu Lake (கோர்க்காடு ஏரி)1
2021-07-13 18:40Thiruchitrambalam lake (திருச்சிற்றம்பலம் ஏரி)2
2021-07-23 06:25Kirumambakkam Lake (கிருமாம்பாக்கம் ஏரி)2
2021-07-15 18:04Annakkili Amma Research Institute--(Restricted access)2
2021-07-01 18:50Livestock Farm Complex Madhavaram2
2021-07-07 08:20Santra Tank, Matang, Chhattisgarh, IN (21.052, 81.462)1
2021-07-11 05:44LIG 1219 Sector-8 Saddu, Raipur Chhattisgarh1
2021-07-25 07:35Mandhar Talaab1
2021-07-25 07:01Matara--Kirala Kele Sanctuary1
2021-06-27 16:00Bandhi PM2
2021-07-15 06:30Bagnan_Rupnarayan River Front2
2021-07-19 17:17Mehedipur bypass3
2021-07-17 06:55Land for Tata Project, Singur6
2021-07-03 06:30Sarkarpool Wetlands2
2021-07-01 06:00Boshipota1
2021-07-15 07:00Baidyabati DVC Canal1
2021-07-09 14:57Nalban Bheri1
2021-07-15 16:00Eco park1
2021-07-23 06:03Rajarhat Wetlands I3
2021-07-21 06:40Munia Zone (Rajarhat)6
2021-06-27 15:10New Vision Eco City (Dhaka)1
2021-07-21 06:21Grassland near hospital, IIT Guwahati1
2021-07-16 17:55Doi Lo paddies (general area)1
2021-07-13 07:00Ban Den paddies1
2021-07-14 08:49Nong Kra-hoh marshes1
2021-07-24 16:26Khlong Da Baek Reservoir1
2021-07-16 16:19Chalad Rakhang Reservoir1
2021-07-08 06:53Nong Makha fields1
2021-07-19 07:53Bor Rae Pond1
2021-07-04 06:39Nong Nam Khao Non-hunting Area2
2021-07-02 10:44Bo Kradan paddies2
2021-07-18 06:47Wang Phikun--Bueng Ee Thao1
2021-06-26 08:20Bueng Ratchanok1
2021-07-05 16:50Pathum Thani Rice Research Center1
2021-07-16 06:05Lat Krabang--Thap Yao paddies & aquaculture ponds5
2021-07-17 06:45Khlong Tamru salt pans1
2021-07-25 06:10Vientiane--Nong Kham Sen wetland1
2021-07-24 04:00Kaeng Lawa (general area)1
2021-07-18 08:56Khon Kaen University--wastewater treatment ponds2
2021-06-26 09:50Khlong Pla Khun1
2021-07-21 12:02Phaya Khan Khak & Phaya Naga Museums vicinity6
2021-07-02 10:10Kut Kong--wetlands along Khwang Canal1
2021-07-12 12:12Huai Kalao1
2021-06-26 16:20Khok Sung--along Song Khon Canal1
2021-06-26 15:35Van Long Nature Reserve1
2021-06-28 14:58绿水湾 (Lvshui Bay Wetlands)1
2021-07-19 09:00西溪国家湿地公园 (Xixi National Wetland Park)2
2021-07-17 07:00杭州植物园 (Hangzhou Botanical Garden)
2021-07-18 08:30江洋畈生态公园 (Jiangyangfan Eco-Park)
2021-07-20 17:30柳浪闻莺公园 (Leaf Warbler Park)1
2021-07-08 05:27San Francisco Farms, Bugallon1
2021-07-25 07:36NLEX--Total Gas Station3
2021-07-01 06:20Vista Real Classica, Quezon City1
2021-07-13 17:50San Pedro lakeside, Brgy. San Roque2
2021-07-17 05:50San Isidro River, Brgy. San Roque, San Pedro3
2021-07-19 14:13Ornithologists Creek1
2021-07-20 16:22Corroboree Billabong2
2021-07-15 08:10Mary River Wetlands1
2021-07-23 09:47Edith Falls Rd at -14.1871,132.08241
2021-07-17 16:00Kakadu National Park--Yellow Water1
2021-07-25 10:52Kakadu National Park--Djarradjin Campground (Muirella Park)1
2021-06-25 14:47Caranbirini Conservation Reserve1
2021-06-30 11:30Caranbirini Conservation Reserve--Caranbirini Waterhole1
2021-07-22 06:15Daintree Village Boat Cruise1
2021-07-19 12:55Progress Park, North Narrabeen1
2021-07-24 08:45Cockle Bay Nature Reserve1