Ixobrychus flavicollis

Black Bitterns are difficult birds to spot as they are often shy and elusive.

They nest on platforms of reeds in shrubs or in trees in wetlands and mangroves and forage for food at the edge of the water. Wetlands are important for these heron-like birds.

They eat fish and amphibians, as well as small animals. They are also solitary animals, but you’ll see them in pairs during the breeding season.

The Black Bittern is listed as a vulnerable species in NSW.