PORT PHILLIP BAY


Australasian Bittern 

Botaurus poiciloptilus

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Ciconiiformes
Family:
Ardeidae
Genus:
Botaurus
Species:
poiciloptilus

General Description

Body mottled and streaked yellow-brown and dark brown. Bill yellow, feet yellow-green. Body up to 72 cm long.

Biology

Australasian Bitterns are solitary birds. They roost and feed in areas with dense reeds or sedge grasses. When disturbed, they stand motionless with their bill pointed skyward.

Habitat

Freshwater wetlands and swamps.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

South-western and south-eastern Australia.

Species Group

Birds Herons and egrets

Max Size

72 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Endangered
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Endangered
  • IUCN Red List : Endangered

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Australasian Bittern, Botaurus poiciloptilus, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7872

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