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Lives, Habitats & Pictures of the Bitterns

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There are two species of bitterns in North America, the American Bittern and the Least Bittern. These two types of birds live in the marshes, along lagoons and waterways, mostly in the long grasses and cattails. With their deliberate skulking and their brown and tawny feathers, these birds become almost invisible to the naked eye. The American Bittern has a unique call, which is quite similar to the sounds that water makes in a backed-up drainpipe.

The Least Bittern is most often seen in the southeastern areas of North America. Because of its' small size, it is more likely to be heard than seen, whereas the American Bittern can be found all over the continent except in the tundra and far North.

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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

Classic Collection of North American Birds