Chamorro – Kakkak * Carolinian – Kakkaak
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.
True or False: Yellow bitterns got their local name from the way that they fly.