76 cm (30) 1.2 kg
Large stocky heron with thick neck. . Plumage yellow and brown , with banded and dark stripes . Black crown with white throat. This reed coloured plumage makes it admirably adapted for stalking through the reed bed. Sexes similar. When scared or frightened it will adopt a pose , pointing its head and bill sharply upward in a classic stance.
Where Does The Bittern Live ?
Found in wetlands and marshes with extensive reedbeds.
What does it eat ?
Fish Amphibians , Leeches , Molluscs and aquatic insects.
What Does The Bittern Sound Like ?
The birds booming song is often likened to the sound produced by blowing across an empty bottle or a distant foghorn " iu vump "
When does it Breed ?
March to May , 3 - 6 eggs, Incubation 25 - 26 days , young fledging at 14 to 20 days, A flat nest in reeds.