Cinnamon drum

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Cinnamon drum
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Cinnamon drum ( Ixobrychus cinnamomeus )

Class : Birds (aves)
Order : Pelecaniformes
Family : Herons (Ardeidae)
Subfamily : Bitterns (Botaurinae)
Genre : Little Bittern ( Ixobrychus )
Type : Cinnamon drum
Scientific name
Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
( Gmelin , 1789)

The Cinnamon Bittern ( Ixobrychus cinnamomeus ) is an Asian relative of the little bittern from the family of herons .


The Cinnamon Bittern similar to the related Yellow Bittern in shape and reaches a size of about 40 cm. However, their plumage is a cinnamon brown color. Females and young animals can have an indistinct pattern of spots.


It lives in southern and southeastern Asia from India and Sri Lanka via Indonesia to China . In her tropical homeland she is a resident bird . The populations of northern China are migratory birds . Their preferred habitat are reed-covered wetlands.


The cinnamon drum, which is active at twilight, is fed by small fish, frogs, mollusks and insects. It breeds in small groups. The nest consists of twigs and grasses and is built in dense reeds or in bushes or trees. It stands either directly on the floor or up to 1 m above it. Three to five eggs are incubated.


  • Bikram Grewal: Birds in India and Nepal. Giessen 2000.
  • Josep del Hoyo et al .: Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 1: Ostrich to Ducks. Lynx Edicions, 1992, ISBN 8487334105 .

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