French: Blongios à cou jaune German: Schwarzdommel Spanish: Avetorillo negro
Subspecies and Distribution
I. f. flavicollis
(Latham, 1790) – Pakistan E to SE China, S to Greater Sundas, Philippines, Sulawesi and satellite islands.
I. f. australis
(Lesson, 1831) – Moluccas, Timor, Aru Is, lowland New Guinea, and Bismarck Archipelago S to W, N & E Australia.
I. f. woodfordi
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1888) – Solomon Is.
54–66 cm; 208–420 g; wingspan 73·5–80 cm. Distinguished from congenerics by overall very dark upperparts and contrasting yellow neck, as well as... read more
Song comprises a low, booming, drum-like, slightly descending and drawn-out “whoo-o-o-o-o”, given... read more
Typically along densely forested freshwater streams and pools or other permanent wetlands. In... read more
Food and feeding
Fish (e.g. Perca, Amniataba, Gobiomorphus) up to 15 cm long, frogs, lizards, molluscs, crustaceans (crabs,... read more
Season related to monsoons in N of range: in India and Pakistan mainly Jun–Sept during SW monsoon, but varies locally with amounts of... read more
In Indian Subcontinent, local movements depending on water conditions in S, and in N species is... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Probably much overlooked, due to secretive habits. In Australia, may still be fairly common, but has declined considerably,... read more
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