Working for birds in Africa

Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus in Seychelles, first for Afro-Malagasy Region

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At 11.30 hr on 8 October 1994 whilst walking back to the BirdLife International project house on Fregate Island, Seychelles, I flushed a small heron from the grassy path leading up to the Bamboo River on the island's main plateau. Although the bird was only seen briefly in flight before disappearing into thick bamboo, the rufous brown flight feathers concolourous with the wing coverts, mantle and tail were distinctive. The bird was obviously not either of the two small herons resident in Seychelles, Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis and Green-backed Heron Butorides striatus. The only species that came immediately to mind was Cinnamon Bittern, a species with which I was familiar from a trip to Indonesia in 1991. Rob Lucking

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