Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) - HBW 1, p. 428
French: Butor étoilé
Spanish: Avetoro Común
Other common names: Great/Common Bittern
Taxonomy: Ardea stellaris Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Sometimes considered to include B. poiciloptilus, with which forms superspecies. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- stellaris (Linnaeus, 1758) - Palearctic and Oriental Regions and N Afrotropical Region.
- capensis (Schlegel, 1863) - S Africa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 27 videos
Eurasian Bittern fishing and catching a big prey in a dense reedbed. Locality Oasi di Torrile, Torrile, Parma Province, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy (ssp stellaris)
Pierandrea Brichetti 10 March 2009 17 weeks ago 51 sec 5
A bird at close range, making itself look bigger trying to intimidate a Grey Heron (not shown), who was coming to close. Later t Locality Losser, Overijssel Province, Netherlands (ssp stellaris)
Yoel Jimenez 8 March 2013 49 weeks ago 52 sec 4.9
The chicks asking for food Locality Ebro Delta, Tarragona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp stellaris)
Pedro Rubio 1994 11 years ago 12 sec 4.7
An adult in the nest Locality Ebro Delta, Tarragona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp stellaris)
Pedro Rubio 1994 11 years ago 17 sec 4.6
A bird flees from a Grey Heron who came very close (not shown), but falls while getting into the reeds. Locality Losser, Overijssel Province, Netherlands (ssp stellaris)
Yoel Jimenez 8 March 2013 25 weeks ago 1 min 6 sec 4.5
A bird hunting for fish. Locality Losser, Overijssel Province, Netherlands (ssp stellaris)
Yoel Jimenez 8 March 2013 48 weeks ago 1 min 41 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 34 photos
Bittern in defense pose
Locality Zuidplas, South Holland Province, Netherlands (ssp stellaris)
Rob Belterman 24 December 2010 3 years ago 4.7
Locality Centro Habitat Mediterraneo, Litorale Romano Nature Reserve, Lazio Region, Italy
Marco Valentini 30 November 2013 19 weeks ago 4.7
Very well hidden
Locality Oasi di Tivoli-Manzolino, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy
Cristiano Crolle 16 March 2014 5 weeks ago 4.6
The male of a bittern arrived from wintering.
Locality Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Western Russia, Russia
zarutat 19 April 2009 2 years ago 4.6
Locality Minsmere RSPB Reserve, Suffolk, England, Great Britain (ssp stellaris)
Nik Borrow 2 May 2013 50 weeks ago 4.6
Locality Slimbridge Wildlife & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, Great Britain
Richard Smart 12 December 2011 2 years ago 4.5