Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis)

…a species of Ixobrychus bittern (a secretive group of herons) which breeds in tropical Asia, ranging from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka east to China, Indonesia, and Australia. Like other bitterns in the genus Ixobrychus black bitterns are typically seen in reed beds where they will sulk undtectable through the reeds, feeding frogs, fish, crustaceans and insects which are caught in typical heron fashion (spearing them with their bill)

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Pelecaniformes-Ardeidae-Ixobrychus-I. flavicollis

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October 2 celebrates National Batik Day!

Don’t forget to wear batik tomorrow and show pride wearing this traditional masterpiece that is undeniably an essential part of Indonesia’s history, culture and heritage.

Reblog to spread awareness, let’s get as many people to wear batik tomorrow! #BATIKDAY & #HARIBATIK

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Indonesia’s Foreign Minister on ASEAN as a Model for Relations Within Asia-Pacific

Speaking at Asia Society New York, Dr. Marty Natalegawa described his country’s efforts to extend ASEAN’s diplomatic practices to the entire region.

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