American Bitterns are medium-sized herons with thick, compact bodies. They have shorter legs and thicker necks than typical herons and a slightly hunched posture. The daggerlike bill is long, straight, and sharply pointed. The wings are broad but the wingtips are somewhat pointed.
Larger than a Green Heron; Smaller than a Great Blue Heron.between crow and goose
- Both Sexes
- Length: 23.6-33.5 in (60-85 cm)
- Weight: 13.1-17.6 oz (370-500 g)
- Wingspan: 36.2 in (92 cm)