Family Herons (Ardeidae)

Least Concern

Schrenck's Bittern (Ixobrychus eurhythmus)


Taxonomy

French: Blongios de Schrenck German: Mandschurendommel Spanish: Avetorillo manchú
Taxonomy:

Ardetta eurhythma

Swinhoe

, 1873,

Amoy and Shanghai, China

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE Siberia, E China, Korea and (now rare) Japan. Winters mainly from Malay Peninsula to Greater Sundas, Sulawesi and Philippines.

Descriptive notes

33–42 cm; 89–123 g; wingspan 48–59 cm. Small, dark heron (slightly larger than I. sinensis but smaller than I. cinnamomeus) with bright... read more

Voice

Poorly known, but rhythmic song of “gup, gup, gup” or “oo oo oo” notes in territory defence and... read more

Habitat

Marshes with reedbeds, wet, grassy meadows, swamps in flat, open areas of low-lying river valleys... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Small fish, frogs, shrimps, isopods, variety of insects and their larvae (dragonflies); also tadpoles. In uplands of... read more

Breeding

Laying May–Jul in China and Russian Far East; season May–Aug in Japan. Solitary. Nests in grass near water, often on or very... read more

Movements

Migration towards winter quarters starts in Aug, with main passage through Hong Kong in Sept–... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Previously considered Near Threatened, but no robust data available on population sizes. Global numbers have been estimated at c.... read more

Recommended citation

Martínez-Vilalta, A., Motis, A., Kirwan, G.M. & Bonan, A. (2019). Schrenck's Bittern (Ixobrychus eurhythmus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52724 on 19 February 2019).