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Great Bittern

Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Botaurus
Species: B. stellaris
Binomial name
Botaurus stellaris
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae. ImageMetadata File history File links Botaurus_stellaris_(Marek_Szczepanek). ... The conservation status of a species is an indicator of the likelihood of that species continuing to survive either in the present day or the future. ... Image File history File links Status_iucn3. ... Least Concern (LC) is an IUCN category assigned to species or lower taxa which do not qualify for any other category. ... Scientific classification or biological classification is a method by which biologists group and categorize species of organisms. ... Animalia redirects here. ... Typical Classes See below Chordates (phylum Chordata) are a group of animals that includes the vertebrates, together with several closely related invertebrates. ... Aves redirects here. ... Families Ardeidae Cochlearidae Balaenicipitidae Scopidae Ciconiidae Threskiornithidae Traditionally, the order Ciconiiformes has included a variety of large, long-legged wading birds with large bills: storks, herons, egrets, ibises, spoonbills, and several others. ... Genera See text The Ardeidae family of birds is the heron, egret and bittern family of wading birds. ... † see also: Heron The bitterns are members of the heron family Ardeidae. ... In biology, binomial nomenclature is the formal method of naming species. ... Carolus Linnaeus, also known after his ennoblement as  , (May 23, 1707 – January 10, 1778), was a Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist[1] who laid the foundations for the modern scheme of nomenclature. ... Aves redirects here. ... Genera See text. ... Genera See text The Ardeidae family of birds is the heron, egret and bittern family of wading birds. ...

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Description

It is a large, chunky, brown bird, very similar to the American Bittern, Botaurus lentiginosa. It is 69-81 cm (24"-34") in length, with a 100-130 cm wingspan. Binomial name Botaurus lentiginosus (Rackett, 1813) The American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus *) is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae. ...


Distribution

It is declining in much of its temperate European and Asian range. It is resident in the milder west and south, but migrates south from areas where the water freezes in winter. World map showing the location of Europe. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ... Flock of Barnacle Geese during autumn migration Many species of birds undertake seasonal journeys of various lengths, a phenomenon known as Bird migration. ...


Behaviour

This bittern is usually well-hidden in Phragmites reedbeds. Usually solitary, it walks stealthily seeking amphibians and fish. If it senses that it has been seen, it becomes motionless, with its bill pointed upward, causing it to blend into the reeds. It is most active at dawn and dusk. † see also: Heron The bitterns are members of the heron family Ardeidae. ... Binomial name Phragmites australis (Cav. ... A reedbed in summer Reedbeds are basically ’temporary’ habitats. ... For other uses, see Amphibian (disambiguation). ... A giant grouper at the Georgia Aquarium Fish are aquatic vertebrates that are typically cold-blooded; covered with scales, and equipped with two sets of paired fins and several unpaired fins. ...



Its folk names include barrel-maker, bog-bull, bog hen, bog-trotter, and butterbump, mostly refer to the mating call of the male, which is a deep fog-horn or bull-like boom, easily audible from a distance of 2 miles on a calm night. The Latin for bittern, Botaurus, also refers to the bull. The other part of its scientific name, stellata is the Latin for starry, in reference to its plumage. Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ... Two feathers Feathers are one of the epidermal growths that form the distinctive outer covering, or plumage, on birds. ...


The Great Bittern is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


References

  • BirdLife International (2004). Botaurus stellaris. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

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American Bittern - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (259 words)
It is a large, chunky, brown bird, very similar to the Eurasian Great Bittern, Botaurus stellaris.
Like other members of the heron family, the American Bittern feeds in marshes and shallow ponds, dining on amphibians, fish, insects and reptiles.
This bittern winters in the southern United States and Central America.
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