Great Bitterns

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Great Bittern

The Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) is a wading bird that occurs in temperate Europe and Asia. It is resident in the milder west and south, but migrates south from areas where the water freezes in winter. This large, chunky, brown bird, resembles the American Bittern, Botaurus lentiginosa. It measures 69-81 cm (24"-34") in length and has a 100-130 cm wingspan.


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