Wetlands Animals

American Bittern
American Bittern
Class: Aves: Birds Diet: Fish, crabs, snakes, frogs, insects,small mammals
Order: Ciconiiformes: Wading birds
Size: 66 cm (26 in)
Family: Ardeidae: Herons, Bitterns Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Botaurus lentiginosus Habitat: marshland
Range: North America; winters in South America

Size of American BitternThe American bittern has a distinctive cry, rather different from the characteristic boom of other bitterns. This strange, three-syllable cry has inspired one of the bird's common names: "thunder pumper." This bittern feeds alone, moving slowly and deliberately with bill always at the ready to jab quickly at fish, crabs, snakes, frogs, insects or small mammals. It is a migratory species; although birds in milder areas do not actually migrate, they do disperse after breeding. The clutch of 4 to 6 eggs is laid in a nest platform on land or in water, and the female bird seems to perform most of the parental duties.

Range of American Bittern
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