The American Bittern [ Pictures for Easy Identification]

Last Updated: Nov 06, 2022

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Introduction

What the American Bittern Looks Like

The American Bittern has overall color of brown and brownish-yellow and white.

The American Bittern has head color of dark-brown and white.

The American Bittern has face color of dark-brown and white.

The American Bittern has back color of dark-brown and white.

The American Bittern has bill color of black and whiteish and yellowish.

The American Bittern has wing color of dark-brown.

The American Bittern has belly color of dark-brown and white.

The American Bittern has tail color of dark-brown.

The American Bittern has chest color of dark-brown and white.

The American Bittern has leg color of yellow.

The American Bittern has neck color of dark-brown and white.

Range and Sighting Map for the American Bittern

US Range Map for the American Bittern in the FALL
US Range Map for the American Bittern in the FALL
US Range Map for the American Bittern in the SUMMER
US Range Map for the American Bittern in the SUMMER
US Range Map for the American Bittern in the WINTER
US Range Map for the American Bittern in the WINTER
US Range Map for the American Bittern in the SPRING
US Range Map for the American Bittern in the SPRING

Weight, Length, and Wingspan of the American Bittern

The length of the American Bittern is from 23.6 inches to 33.5 inches (59.9 cm to 85.1 cm).

The weight of the American Bittern is from 13.1 ounces to 17.6 ounces (371.4 grams to 499.0 grams).

The wingspan of the American Bittern is 36.2 inches (91.9 cm).

Pictures of the American Bittern

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American Bittern, American Bittern by Andy Morffew, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Bittern, American Bittern by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Midwest Region, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Bittern, American Bittern by Jitney58, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Bittern, American Bittern by Jitney58, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Bittern, American Bittern by Kelly Colgan Azar, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Bittern, American Bittern by johnsutton580, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Bittern, American Bittern by johnsutton580, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Bittern, American Bittern Closeup by MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Bittern, IMG_5337 by gary_leavens, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Bittern, DSC_1782 by Always a birder!, from flickr, licensed under CC

Feeding Behavior of the American Bittern

It finds its food by standing at the edge of the water, sometimes walking slowly, and then capturing its prey with a sudden thrust of its bill.

They are most active at dawn and dusk, although they still forage in the day and at night.

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What the American Bittern Likes to Eat

The American Bittern feeds on the following:

  • Mainly fish (including catfish, eels, killifish, perch)
  • frogs
  • tadpoles
  • aquatic insects
  • crayfish
  • crabs
  • salamanders
  • garter snakes
  • dragonflies
  • rodents

Where To Find the American Bittern

You can find the American Bittern in the following habitats:

  • Marshes
  • lakes
  • shallow waters
  • brackish coastal marshes
  • dry grassy fields

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