American Bittern

Species Name: Botaurus lentiginosus


Species Distribution in Massachusetts


Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Endangered

Habitat Description

Freshwater marshes, meadows, fens and bogs dominated by emergent vegetation such as cattails, bulrushes, sedges and grasses.

Threats to Survival

Unknown, but it is thought that the global population is declining.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Limit the effects human developments have on their habitat.