Trophic relations of the Little Bittern in the Prut-Dniester Interfluve of Ukraine. - I.V. Skilsky, A.N. Klitin. - Berkut. 10 (2). 2001. - P. 203-206.
Contents of 17 stomaches, collected since 1940s, were analysed. In ration of the Little Bittern remains of 48 components of the animal food (more than 19 species) were found. Insects prevailed (56,3 %). The part of fishes amounted to 25,0 %. Seasonal changes of trophic relations are observed. During the spring and beginning of the summer birds feed on invertebrates (water Coleoptera and Ephemeroptera predominate), in the sum-mer-autumn period they prey on vertebrates (small fishes and amphibia make up the base of ration). [Ukrainian].
Key words: Little Bittern, Ixobrychus minutus, Chernivtsi region, ecology, feeding, foraging.
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