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Least Bittern
(Ixobrychus exilis)


Least Bittern Information
 11 - 14"

 Freshwater marshes, swamps, bogs, marshy edges of lakes and rivers. Sometimes found in saltwater marshes. Requires habitat with tall, dense, aquatic vegetation such as cattails, sedges, and reeds.

 Mostly small fish; also large insects, frogs, tadpoles, salamanders, crayfish, leeches, snakes; occasionally, small mammals such

Least Bittern
Photo © Don DesJardin
as shrews and mice. Click to enlarge
Least Bittern ID TipsIdentification tips for the Least Bittern
Range Maps:
(Click map to enlarge.)
Least Bittern Breeding Map Least Bittern Winter Map      USGS
Breeding Map          Winter Map (CBC)     
Note:  This bird is a rare breeder in New England - and even then breeds only in very localized areas.
Additional photos and information:

Aquatic Environments
Photo, description, distribution, reproduction, ecology, behavior, vocalization.

Mike Danzenbaker's Bird Photography
Photo of Least Bittern.



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