Botaurus lentiginosus


Common Names: American bittern, bog bumper, stake driver, thunder pumper, bog bull
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Bitterns, Herons, & Egrets


A wading bird of the heron family. It is 23-33 inches in length, with a 36-45 inches wingspan and a body mass of 0.82-2.36 lbs.

The American Bittern is usually well-hidden in bogs, marshes and wet meadows.

The American bittern is protected under the United States Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. It is also protected under the Canadian Migratory Birds Convention Act of 1994 to which both Canada and the United States are signatories.

Edible Notes: As a protected species it should never be taken for food. No available information on edibility at this time.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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