Pinnated Bittern Botaurus pinnatus

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It is estimated that approximately a thousand pairs may breed in the Cocos Island National Park in Costa Rica. It is a difficult bird to see, uses camouflage as survival mean. Crouches when alarmed, lowering body and holding head vertically just high enough to see, with the beak pointed skyward, pretending to be part of a clump of dry reeds; only flushes at close range.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Pinnated Bittern (Botaurus pinnatus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: