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American Bittern



About American Bittern
Has a large stocky body with thicker neck than herons; smallest of the four large bitterns; feathers are brown, with fine streaks and spots; dark black patch on neck; olive streak of bare skin at base of long dagger-like yellow bill; eyes yellow, legs green; underparts streaked brown and white.

Their nests are made on a platform of bulrushes of catstails among dense cover, built up on the water or lodged in the vegetation just above it, sometimes on the land. They have 4-5 brown to olive buff eggs. The female takes care of the eggs for 28-29 days.

American Bittern is active at dusk and during the night. It is a solitary bird, standing quietly and slowly stalking its prey. It has the nickname of "Thunder-pumper" or "Stake-driver" because of the song it sings during the breeding season.

Bitterns react to danger by adopting an elongated posture with the bill pointing up to the sky.


Facts about Botaurus lentiginosus
 
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American Bittern
What class is this animal assigned to?

Aves
What does this animal eat?

Fish, including catfish, eels, stickleback sand perch; will also eat insects, mollusks and crayfish, frogs, salamanders, snakes and small mammals
Where did this animal live? Central Canada south through the United States as far as central California
 
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