Once common in coastal and inland swamps, Australasian bitterns are now one of New Zealand’s most threatened bird species. It is thought that fewer than 1,000 birds survive, in a few sites mainly in the North Island. They are secretive, usually coming out at night. They nest in tall rushes and reeds, and raise up to four chicks a year.
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