Species: American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)

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American Bittern

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Botaurus lentiginosus


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Chances of seeing American Bittern in Alaska

American Bittern in Detail.

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.

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.