Black Bittern

Latin Name: 
Dupetor flavicollis

An extremely dark, medium-sized heron with a bold yellow neck stripe. The male’s upperparts are dull black, while the female’s are browner; below white-streaked rufous and black and grey belly. The immature is more streaked and the upperpart feathers have buff fringes.

Inhabits reedbeds with bushes and bushy margins of canals, rivers and jheels. Crepuscular, solitary and extremely secretive. May fly quite high to feeding sites.
Scarce breeding resident throughout. Most frequent in the Northeast, Sri Lanka and extreme southwest. Appears to be mainly a monsoon breeding visitor to the Northwest.
Call Description: 
Occasional harsh ker. Male’s breeding call is a deep boom like a distant foghorn.
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