Yellow Bittern

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names


Native Habitat

Reed beds


Insects, Fish, Amphibians


Yellow Bittern

Ixobrychus sinensis

The yellow bittern is a small bittern, breeding in much of the Indian Subcontinent, east to Japan and Indonesia. It is mainly resident, but some northern birds migrate short distances.

This is a small species at 15 in in length, with a short neck and longish bill. The male is uniformly dull yellow above and buff below. The head and neck are chestnut, with a black crown.

The female's crown, neck and breast are streaked brown, and the juvenile is like the female but heavily streaked brown below, and mottled with buff above.

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    হলদে বক
  • Bhojpuri:
    जुन बकुला
  • French:
    Blongios de Chine
  • Gujarati:
    પીળી પેણ બગલી
  • Marathi:
    पिवळा तापस
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Ixobrychus sinensis

Quick Facts
  • They are shy by nature and are brilliant in the camouflage technique.