American Bittern of Alaska

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Common Name: American Bittern
Latin: Botaurus lentiginosus

Viewing Scale

Chances of seeing American Bittern in Alaska


American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) is a short stocky bird. Brown with beige bars running down it's length. They stand up to 33 inches tall and weigh as much as 2 pounds. They are active around sunset and dusk.

Diet & Habitat

American Bitterns are found around wetlands feeding on amphibians, insects, and fish.


American Bitterns usually lay 2-3 eggs which take nearly a month before hatching.