Little Bitterns
Little Bittern (Male)
Scientific Name 
Ixobrychus minutus
Arabic Name 
الواق الصغير
Kuwaiti name 
بو الخصيف
55.0 cm
35.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Uncommon passage migrant and scarce summer visitor which has and should still breed in Kuwait. A reed swamp bird, it can actually breed successfully in very small undisturbed reed beds, where it can be detected by its characteristic croaking song.
Where in Kuwait 
Generally seen in and around reedbeds associated with fresh water pools in the Jahra area.
In the world 
Palearctic populations undergo post-breeding dispersal, whilst other populations are resident but may undertake partial migration. In most areas it is mainly a crepuscular feeder and is most common in common in freshwater marshes with beds of bulrushes.
Local threats 
Habitat degradation and pesticides.