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American Bittern
(Botaurus lentiginosus)

        
American Bittern
Photo © Mike Danzenbaker
 
American Bittern Information

Length: 23 - 32"

Habitat:
Freshwater marshes, saltwater marshes, marshy shores of lakes; other large, shallow wetland areas with tall vegetation such as cattails and reeds. Sometimes nests in wet meadows, wet grassy fields, or drier fields near water.

Diet: Small fish, frogs, crayfish, salamanders, small snakes, insects; occasionally, small mammals such as voles.
 
Identification tips for the American Bittern
 
Calls of the American Bittern
 
Range Maps:
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American Bittern Breeding Map American Bittern Winter Map     USGS
     
Breeding Map          Winter Map (CBC)      
 
 
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