American Bittern

The American Bittern is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae.

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The American Bittern is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae. Contents - * 1 Description * 2 Protected status * 3 References and notes * 4 External Links * 4. More

Although common in much of its range, the American Bittern is usually well-hidden in bogs, marshes and wet meadows. Usually solitary, it walks stealthily among cattails or bullrushes. If it senses that it has been seen, the American Bittern becomes motionless, with its bill pointed upward, causing it to blend into the reeds. It is most active at dusk. More often heard than seen, this bittern has a call that resembles a congested pump. More

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The American Bittern it is actually native to a number of countries in North America as well as Central America and even in many other locales around the world. For example, it has also been reported in a number of European countries. The range of this bird is estimated to be more than 8 million square kilometers. With a global population of around 3 million individual birds, the American Bittern is not believed to be in any immediate danger of extinction. More

North American RangeA solitary species, the American Bittern is more often heard than seen. It is a stout heron, with mottled buff-brown plumage. Its neck can be held in to appear short and sturdy, or extended to look long and slender. Its upperparts are solid brown, with darker outer wings. The adult has a dark streak on either side of its neck; the streak is absent on the juvenile. More

The American bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) is an opportunistic predator that forages on a wide variety of foods, primarily insects, amphibians, fishes, snakes, and small mammals (reviewed in Gibbs et al. 1992). To our knowledge, there are no published reports documenting American bittern depredation on birds. We report observations of an American bittern attempting to consume a sora (Porzana carolina). More

American Bittern can be heard up to half a mile away. Habitat: Freshwater marshes and lakes. Range: Common throughout the United States, far up into Canada and along both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Bird feeder? Like other herons, feeds mainly on fish, insects, and frogs around the shores of lakes, not a seed eating bird. More

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American BitternsAmerican Bitterns = Bitterns The American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae. Description: It is a large, chunky, brown bird, very similar to the Eurasian Great Bittern, Botaurus stellaris. It is 59-70 cm (23-27 inches) in length, with a 95-115 cm (37 - 45 inch) wingspan. More

Because the American Bittern can create a resonant tone with little movement of its bill, it is also known as the "stake-driver," "thunder-pumper," and "mire-drum." State of the Birds > Common Birds in Decline > American Bittern #15 Common Bird in DeclineAmerican Bittern(Botaurus lentiginosus) French Name: Butor d’Amérique Spanish Name: Avetoro norteño Genus: Botaurus Species: B. More

American Bittern is a secretive marsh bird of widespread continental distribution. It breeds locally at several locations in New Mexico. Populations have decreased with the loss of wetland habitat across the species range. New Mexico populations may be declining. More

American Bittern Habitat Model go to: USFWS Gulf of Maine Watershed Habitat Analysis go to: Species Table Feedback: We welcome your suggestions on improving this model! Draft Date: March 2001 Species: American bittern, Botaurus lentiginosus Use of Study Area Resources: Reproduction, migration: American bitterns breed in most states in the northern half of the continental U.S., and provinces of the sub-arctic/southern half of Canada (Gibbs et al. More

American Bittern The American bittern is a medium-sized wading bird that is 23-34 inches in length with a wingspan of three feet. It is dark brown on its uppersides and its underparts are streaked with brown, tan and white. It has a pointed yellow bill, long legs and a black stripe on the side of its throat. Males and females look alike. More

Breeding distribution of the American Bittern in the United States and southern Canada, based on Breeding Bird Survey data, 1985-1991. Scale represents average number of individuals detected per route per year. Map from Price, J., S. Droege, and A. Price. 1995. The summer atlas of North American birds. Academic Press, London, England. 364 pages. - Keys to management include protecting wetlands and adjacent uplands and maintaining idle upland habitat. More

American Bitterns and Least Bitterns comprise this group of shy, secretive marsh birds. - These secretive birds inhabit areas of tall reeds and marshes, and they use the defense of camoflauge to hide from intruders by imitating the coloration and movement of a reed. For this reason alone, Bitterns are not easy wading birds to spot. More

inadequate to determine population trends for the American Bittern in Wyoming. Determine population trend data by implementing “Monitoring Wyoming’s Birds: The Plan for Count-based Monitoring”. 2) Maintain a minimum of three American Bittern breeding locations in Wyoming. Habitat Objectives = 1) Maintain wetland complexes in a variety of stages and conditions, including tall, dense emergent vegetation and idle adjacent uplands where American Bitterns occur. More

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American Bittern: Feeds on insects, amphibians, crayfish, and small fish and mammals. When foraging, it relies on stealth while waiting motionlessly for prey to pass by, at which time it darts forward to seize the prey in its bill. Vocalization American Bittern: On breeding grounds, makes a loud pumping sound, "oong-KA-chunk", repeated a few times, audible for half a mile or more. Flight call is a low "kok-kok-kok. More

The American bittern, a widely distributed wading bird in North America is undergoing a nation wide decline. The greatest declines, (48% in over 20 years) occurred in the Midwest and north central states. Ignorance of this birds' life history serves to enhance its decline. The American bittern's position in the food chain place it at several trophic levels where it is exposed to pollutants and contaminants. More

Though nowhere especially abundant, the American bittern is widely and generally distributed over nearly all of the North American continent and adjacent islands, wherever it can find the secluded bogs and swamps, in which it leads a rather solitary existence. It is less gregarious and more retiring in its habits than the other herons, hence less conspicuous and not so well known, even in localities where it is really common. More

American Bitterns are a type of heron. These birds like to hide and can be difficult to spot. If you know what to look for, however, you can find them. Difficulty: ModerateInstructions 1. Step 1 Learn about the habitat and range of the American Bittern. These waterbirds live near freshwater wetlands and usually hide among tall vegetation, such as reeds. More

The American Bittern has a remarkable, though rarely seen, courtship display. The male arches his back, exposing whitish plumes, shortens his neck, dips his breast forward, and "booms" at the female. Both members of the pair engage in a complicated aerial display flight. Bitterns spend most of their lives in concealment, stepping slowly and methodically through the reeds in search of food. When approached, it prefers to freeze and trust its concealing coloration rather than flush like other herons. More

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An American bittern generally builds a crude nest on a mat of floating vegetation, among reeds and cattails. There, it lays three to five brownish eggs. Except at nesting time, the bird lives mainly alone. It often stands motionless in the marshes, watching for the fish, frogs, mice, and insects on which it feeds. To escape notice, the bird points its bill upward and stands still. Then it can hardly be seen among the reeds because of its colors. More

American Bittern American Bittern images © Helen Baines Family: (Ardeidae) Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns Preferred Habitat: Fresh and saltwater marshes Seasonal Occurrence: Common fall through spring. Less common in summer. Notes: Although fairly common, the American Bittern is so secretive that it's difficult to spot. It is a master of camouflage and disguises its presence in marshes by holding its bill upright and swaying gently among the reeds. More

Order : Ciconiiformes
Family : Ardeidae
Genus : Botaurus
Species : lentiginosus
Authority : (Rackett, 1813)