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American Bittern

Butor d'Amérique

Botaurus lentiginosus


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Life, Habitat & Pictures of the American Bittern

B L W W W Family Latin Name
28" 71.1cm 42" 106.7cm 24oz 680.4g Ardeidae Botaurus lentiginosus

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American Bittern

Distribution: The American Bittern is the largest member of the bittern family. This bird makes its habitat in marshes. It has an unmistakable call, sounding more like a water drain emptying than a bird call. Seen from Newfoundland and Labrador, northeastern coast of Quebec through to James Bay. Also into the southern regions of the Northwest Territories, southwest into British Columbia to the northern regions of California. As well as Nevada across the midwest to the eastern coast. The bittern spends its winters in the most southern states and Mexico.




References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society


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