Pinnated Bittern

The Pinnated Bittern , also known as the South American Bittern, is a large member of the heron family found in the New World tropics. Like the other Botaurus bitterns, its plumage is mostly buffy-brown and cryptically patterned. Though it is a widespread species, it is rarely seen – presumably due to its skulking habits – and much about its life history remains little known.

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The Pinnated Bittern is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Pinnated Bittern (Botaurus pinnatus) were taken while we were making additional observations in July and August. For Costa Rica these specimens represent the first published record of the bittern and the first published record with locality and date for the rail. Both are tropical South American species until recently known from Middle America only from a few widely scattered localities. More

The Pinnated Bittern is a large heron, measuring between 25–30 in (63.5-76 cm) with a weight of roughly 1.8 lb (800 g). Sexes are similarly plumaged, but females tend to be smaller than males and have brown instead of black on the tail. Both adults and immatures are generally buffy, though heavily marked with cryptic patterning. Juveniles tend to have a somewhat more reddish ground color. More

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For the purposes of our bird news services, Pinnated Bittern is classed as ungraded: species which are unlikely to appear as wild birds in Britain or Ireland (Note that rarity levels are currently applied nationally and may not reflect local variations in abundance. More

pinnated bittern, the common bittern of Europe, is widely distributed throughout Eurasia, and the American bittern can be found in all parts of the United States and most of Canada. A member of a second genus, the least bittern of North and South America, attains a length of about 33 cm (about 13 in). In both genera of bitterns, the feathers can be erected so as to increase greatly the apparent size of the bird. More

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Order : Ciconiiformes
Family : Ardeidae
Genus : Botaurus
Species : pinnatus
Authority : (Wagler, 1829)