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
Three chicks in the nest Locality Ebro Delta, Tarragona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp stellaris)
Pedro Rubio 1994 11 years ago 17 sec 4.5
Different views of a bird walking through the reeds. Locality Losser, Overijssel Province, Netherlands (ssp stellaris)
Yoel Jimenez 8 March 2013 39 weeks ago 48 sec 4.3
A chick and some eggs in the nest Locality Kemeri National Park, Jurmala, Latvia (ssp stellaris)
Andis Liepa 30 April 1999 8 years ago 23 sec 4.1
An individual preening and wing-stretching in a reed bed Locality Marbury Country Park, Cheshire, England, Great Britain
Greg Baker 14 January 2013 1 year ago 1 min 8 sec 4
An adult perched in a reedbed Locality Marbury Country Park, Cheshire, England, Great Britain (ssp stellaris)
Greg Baker 29 January 2011 2 years ago 51 sec 4
trying to catch something Locality Netherlands (ssp stellaris)
Daniêl Jimenez 30 January 2010 4 years ago 1 min 7 sec 4
PhotosSee all 34 photos
Bittern eating an Elephant Hawkmoth larva Deilephila Elepenor.
Locality Leighton Moss, Lancashire, England, Great Britain (ssp stellaris)
Wagtail 20 August 2008 5 years ago 4.5
A nest with two chicks one week old
Locality Camargue, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France (ssp stellaris)
Laurent Demongin 7 May 2004 5 years ago 4.5
Locality Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Juan José Bazán Hiraldo 23 November 2013 20 weeks ago 4.4
Looking for an ice-free spot under a small low bridge
Locality Zuidplas, South Holland Province, Netherlands (ssp stellaris)
Rob Belterman 24 December 2010 3 years ago 4.4
Intimidation posture of an adult male; when released after ringing.
Locality Turaw, Gomel Region, Belarus (ssp stellaris)
Laurent Demongin 11 May 2002 5 years ago 4.3
A Eurasian Bittern moving through the reedbed
Locality Netherlands (ssp stellaris)
Gerard Visser 22 January 2010 3 years ago 4.3