Least Bittern - Ixobrychus exilis

Length 1.1 ft (33.0 cm)
Wingspan 1.4 ft (43.2 cm)
Weight 1.8-3.6 oz (51.0-102.1 g)
Clutch Size 2-4
Chicks at birth Altricial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern
Continents:NA, SA

The Least Bittern is the smallest heron found in the Americas. They mostly breed in North America and winter in South America. They are found in fresh and brackish water marshes with tall and dense vegetation.

It is interesting the way Least Bitterns use their feet to attach themselves to the grasses. They are stable enough to still be able to find and catch fish, a major part of their diet. They also eat insects.

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