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Cinnamon Bittern

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Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus

Cinnamon Bitterns are very rarely seen, but always heard easily when we stray close enough. Most of the times, they behave as if they are in stealth mode, hunting solely for food in the Ghorajan river weeds, or small reedbeds under the Bamboo plants. Mostly seen at the around dusk, these are generally silent, with occasional kok-kok sounds.See this checklist for other species found in our campus.

Distinctive Identifiers:

1. Cinnamon color giving the bird its name.

2. Slight brownish crown for females

3. Brown streaks for females on the back and neck, while male has uniform color.

4. Typical bittern body structure and posture

5. Kok-kok sounds will certainly help you a lot.

Could get just one picture before it got alert and flew to a nearby hideout. This was just moments before it assumed the alert position with neck stretched out and beak pointing to sky.

Cinnamon Bittern

Cinnamon Bittern just before the On-Guard posture!

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Birds of IIT Guwahati


About Avinash Hindupur

Dreamer, Creator, Speaker, Mentor. @iitguwahati alum, Creator of @deephunt_in. | Interested in all things data and machine learning.


8 thoughts on “Cinnamon Bittern

  1. Wow, great photo. I like the color of the bird

    Posted by Northern Narratives | April 3, 2012, 8:39 PM
  2. This bird is gorgeous. I’ve never seen one before—thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Posted by corinthcorners | April 4, 2012, 5:44 AM


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