American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)
Other Names: Bittern, Botaurus lentiginosus
Distribution: Discontinuously throughout North America.
Size: 58-85 cm in length with a 92-115 cm wingspan, weighing 370-1072 g.
Plumage: Brown overall, streaked with white on the underside. The outer wing appears blackish brown in flight, contrasting with the lighter brown of the inner wing and body. At close range adults show a long black stripe down the side of the throat. The legs, beak, and eyes are yellow to yellowish brown.