Yellow Bittern

Chamorro – Kakkak * Carolinian – Kakkaak

IDENTIFICATION

Yellow bitterns (Ixobrychus sinensis) are medium-sized, pale yellow birds with black wing stripes. They appear awkward in flight, with their legs trailing behind their bodies and their necks folded into an S-shape. Their local name “kakkak” refers to the loud call that they make when startled.
Factoid: Master of Disguise
Bitterns use their colors to blend in with their environment. As predators approach, they point their beaks upward and stand very still, mimicking nearby plants.

QUESTION 1:

True or False: Yellow bitterns got their local name from the way that they fly.

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