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New Zealand Bittern - BirdForum Opus

Skull t.png The species New Zealand Bittern is extinct.
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Alternative names: New Zealand Little-bittern, Brown-backed Little-bittern, Black-backed Bittern (beware of confusion with Ixobrychus dubius)

Extinct Species
Photo by Chlidonias
Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand
Ixobrychus novaezelandiae


38 cm (15 in)

Similar Species

Little Bittern


New Zealand. Extinct (last recorded in the 1890's)


This is a monotypic species[1].

The species has in the past been considered a subspecies of Little Bittern. Some authorities have also considered it conspecific with Black-backed Bittern from Australia.

Artwork by lemurkat


Thought to have been freshwater wetlands.


No information about diet or breeding available at time of editing.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BirdLife International

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