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American Bittern

Botaurus lentiginosus ORDER: PELECANIFORMES FAMILY: ARDEIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A stocky and well-camouflaged heron of dense reed beds, the American Bittern is difficult to see. Its far-carrying booming call is distinctive, but the bittern itself likes to keep under cover.

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Appearance

Heronlike
Heronlike
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Medium-sized, stocky heron.
  • Thick neck and bill.
  • Colored in brown, tan, and white stripes.

Immature Description

Similar to adult.

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