French: Blongios nain German: Zwergdommel Spanish: Avetorillo común
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Subspecies and Distribution
I. m. minutus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – C & S Europe and N Africa E to W Siberia and through Iran to NW India; winters in Africa.
I. m. payesii
(Hartlaub, 1858) – Africa S of Sahara.
I. m. podiceps
(Bonaparte, 1855) – Madagascar.
27–38 cm; 59–150 g; wingspan 40–58 cm. Recalls other small bitterns in Africa and Asia, although very similar vagrant I. exilis must be kept in... read more
Rather silent except during breeding season. Distinctive croaking, barking or grunting call in... read more
Very varied throughout extensive range, from dense forest to deserts; from lowlands to hills, up to... read more
Food and feeding
Varies with region and season, e.g. in South Africa, Spain and NW India, in breeding season, adults and nestlings feed principally on fish... read more
In W Palearctic (including N Africa) and India nesting mainly May–Jul, but probably earlier in Arabia and once as early as Mar in... read more
Race minutus undergoes post-breeding dispersal in all directions, commencing Jul (see... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Has declined since mid-20th century in parts of W Palearctic, due to habitat destruction, pollution and perhaps also drought... read more
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