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American Bittern
(Botaurus lentiginosus)

American Bittern Information

Length: 23 - 32"

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.

Small fish, frogs, crayfish,
American Bittern
Photo © Mike Danzenbaker
salamanders, small snakes, insects; occasionally, small mammals such as voles.
American Bittern ID TipsIdentification tips for the American Bittern
Range Maps:
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American Bittern Breeding Map American Bittern Winter Map     USGS
Breeding Map          Winter Map (CBC)      
Additional Information:
Aquatic Environments
Photo of American Bittern, description, distribution, reproduction, ecology, behavior, song



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