American Bittern

Botaurus lentiginosus

Order

CICONIIFORMES

Family

Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)

Code 4

AMBI

Code 6

BOTLEN

ITIS

HEAD

American Bittern Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Dagger
  • Eye Color: Yellow, sometimes turning orange-yellow during courtship.
  • Head pattern: Crested or plumed, Eyebrow
  • Crown Color: Dark Brown
  • Forehead Color: Dark Brown
  • Nape Color: Dark Brown
  • Throat Color: White
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

American Bittern Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 58 cm (23 in)
  • Weight: 726 g (25.6 oz)
  • Size: Large (16 - 32 in)
  • Color Primary: Brown
  • Underparts: Streaked brown and white.
  • Upperparts: Streaked brown and buff.
  • Back Pattern: Mottled
  • Belly Pattern: Striped or streaked
  • Breast Pattern: Striped or streaked

FLIGHT

American Bittern Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Strong direct flight with deep rapid wing beats.
  • Wingspan Range: 107-127 cm (42-50 in)
  • Wing Shape: Pointed-Wings
  • Tail shape: Squared Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Streaked
  • Upper Tail: Brown
  • Under Tail: Brown
  • Leg Color: Bright yellow to green.
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