Talk:Australasian bittern

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Photos[edit]

This is a hard species to photograph. There are a few at Flickr though [1], and we might be able to one or two more (e.g. one in flight). Richard001 (talk) 00:39, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

I've found a couple more, and will ask the NZ Department of Conservation if they can donate some images to the Commons. Giantflightlessbirds (talk) 07:43, 27 April 2016 (UTC)

Cryptic species?[edit]

"It is a cryptic and partly nocturnal species..." I love this phrasing from this article, but I'm not sure what "cryptic" means in this context.

I did find the Wikipedia article Cryptic species complex, which states, "In biology, a cryptic species complex is a group of species which satisfy the biological definition of species—that is, they are reproductively isolated from each other—but whose morphology is very similar (in some cases virtually identical)." However, that article talks about a group of species rather than a singular species.

The Cryptic disambiguation page led me to the Crypsis article, which seems to be more in line with the intended meaning in this article's context, so I'm leaving the wording as is and linking to that article. Also, I'm leaving my little bit of research and reasoning here in case an editor with more relevant experience sees I'm mistaken.

Thanks for your review!

--Geekdiva (talk) 06:21, 18 April 2011 (UTC)

I think cryptic in this context does mean crypsis, but not as extreme perhaps as some of the camouflaged examples noted there. The bittern is good at hiding, freezing and pointing its beak to the sky if disturbed: a great strategy in the reeds, but not in the middle of grassy paddocks (I've seen one do it). Anyway, I'll flesh out the article with words to that effect. Giantflightlessbirds (talk) 07:46, 27 April 2016 (UTC)

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