Black-backed Bittern

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: Black-backed Bittern
From: Julian Teh <>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2016 07:12:52 +0000
Philip, Australian Little Bittern is the outdated name for Black-backed Bittern. Black-backed has been in effect since IOC 3.1 (2012).
Shorty - nice shot!! I’ll be going for a hunt! 


On 18 Dec. 2016, at 6:06 pm, Philip Veerman <> wrote:

Nice photo. It is a male Little Bittern. I did not know the name Black-backed Bittern. A quick look in books doesn’t reveal it. Strangely Cayley’s book uses that name as an alternate for the Brown Bittern, which does not suit it, as it doesn’t have a black-back.
From: shorty  
Sent: Sunday, 18 December, 2016 12:15 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Black-backed Bittern
Got to see him this morning in front of Cygnus hide. A few have been reporting it as heard on e-bird recently.

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