Ornithological Note 9

Little Bittern eating eggs

Georges Olioso August 03, 2013
Country: France
Section(s): food, Food and Feeding

On 13 May 1971, in the reedbed at La Capelle (Gard department, SE France), a male Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) flew into land and moved down the reed, at which point a female appeared on a nearby stalk. On approaching closer, we could see a nest of Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) at the base of the reed and that both herons were eating the eggs!

Recommended Citation

Olioso, G. & Guiter, H. (2013). Little Bittern eating eggs. HBW Alive Ornithological Note 9. In: Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow-on.100009