Classification
Gaviiformes
Podicipediformes
Pelecaniformes
Ciconiiformes
Phoenicopteriformes
Anseriformes
Falconiformes
Galliformes
Gruiformes
Charadriiformes
Columbiformes
Cuculiformes
Strigiformes
Caprimulgiformes
Apodiformes
Coraciiformes
Upupiformes
Piciformes
Passeriformes
Ixobrychus minutus


  • Little Bittern
  • Ixobrychus minutus (Linnaeus, 1766)
  • Ciconiiformes - Ardeidae
  • Бичил одойбух



Status: Rare Species. According to the IUCN Red List Categories and criteria, the species evaluated as – Near Threatened.


Distribution and Range: Breeds in Khar-Us, Khar, Khyrgas, Airag lake, Khovd river. On Migration passage the species occur at the Uvs lake, Tes river basin, Khalkh, Degee, Nomrog, Azarga, Galdastai rivers and the Buir, Khonkhor, and Tashgain Tavan Nuur lakesvalleys. Singular migrants were recorded in Udleg of Batsumber in Tov Aimag, some oases and steppes.


Habitat: Dense reeds and tall vegetation bushy growth of fresh lakes, rivers ponds.


Population and threats: There is no detailed information on population. Threats: increase in livestock numbers, dessiccation of water sources and wetlands due to global warming, aridification and pastureland degradation lead to loss of habitat; additional threats: increased water pollution impacted by the Dorgon and Taishir Hydroelectric power stations; loss of food due to net fishing in large lakes; Avain flu; predation by wolves, dogs and raccoons.


Conservation Measures: Included as Rare animal in the Annex to the Mongolian Government Resolution #7 (2012). The nesting and migration path areas like lakes Khar-Us, Airag and Buir included in the Ramsar Convention and partially covered by NSPAN.


Further actions: Improve the conservation management for birds nesting within the NSPAN, conduct monitoring projects on a regional scale, study the species reproductive biology, migration path, threats, and raise awareness.


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