This bittern winters in the southern United States and Central America. It summers throughout Canada and much of the United States. As a long-distance migrant, it is a very rare vagrant in Europe, including Great Britain and Ireland. This bird nests in isolated places with the female building the nest and the male guarding it. Two or three eggs are incubated by the female for 29 days, and the chicks leave after 6–7 weeks.
No subspecies are accepted today. However, fossils found in the Ichetucknee River, Florida, and originally described as a new form of heron (Palaeophoyx columbiana; McCoy, 1963) were later recognized to be a smaller, prehistoric subspecies of the American Bittern which lived during the Late Pleistocene (Olson, 1974) and would thus be called B. l. columbianus.
This bird's numbers are declining in many parts of its range due to habitat loss.
Many of the folk names are given for its distinctive call made by inhaling and exhaling large quantities of air; E. Choate lists "Bogbumper" and "Stake Driver". Pliny likened the old-world bittern's call to the roaring of a bull, "boatum tauri", whence the generic name Botaurus.
To the Cajuns of South Louisiana this bird was known as a "Grobek", and was previously hunted for food, being considered a delicacy. wikipedia
American Bittern landing into a mass of cattails.
On the right, an American Bittern hides within the cattails. This is the typical presence of this secretive bird.
Kicau Nusantara American Bittern hiding within reeds and cattails along a creek. It is a brown-coloured, medium-sized heron. It is up to 85 cm long. The adult plumage is all brown on the top and streaked with brown and white below. A long, black patch runs from the eye down the side of the neck. The American Bittern has a white-coloured throat. It eats frogs, snakes, and small fish.
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