Herons (Ardeidae)

Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) - HBW 1, p. 428

French: Butor étoilé German: Rohrdommel 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.