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Photo by rka
Sumaria Trace, Trinidad, November 2004
Ixobrychus involucris


28–35 cm (11-13¾ in)

  • Black stripe from forehead, across crown to nape
  • Sandy-buff remained of head, neck back and wings


Caribbean and South America:
Caribbean: occurs only in Trinidad
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina


This is a monotypic species[1].


Extensive fresh-water and brackish swamps and marshes with grass and sedge.



Their diet consists of small fish, crustaceans, dragonflies, beetles etc and some larvae.


They nest in the spring but there's little more information available.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2017)

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