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Title: First breeding record of Little bittern Ixobrychus minutus
Authors: Galea, Raymond
Keywords: Herons -- Malta
Birds -- Malta
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Birdlife Malta
Citation: Galea, R. (1999). First breeding record of Little bittern Ixobrychus minutus. Il-Merill, 29, 21.
Abstract: The Little Bittern lxobrychus minutus has been recorded only on migration as fairly common in spring and generally scarce in autumn (Sultana & Gauci 1982). A male Little Bittern was noted on several dates from 21 May 1996 at the newly set up nature reserve, ls-Simar, where it remained throughout the winter of 1996-97. On 23 February 1997 a female was also noted for the first time at the reserve. ls-Simar has an area of approximately 5 ha and has an extensive Phragmites australis reedbed. It is hemmed in between three habitats;the sea (St. Paul's Bay) on one side, agricultural land on the other, and building development on another.
Appears in Collections:Il-Merill : issue 29 : 1999
Il-Merill : issue 29 : 1999

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