The American Bittern breeds in all of Alberta except for the mountains. It is confined to extensive cat-tail marshes and bulrush stands. It winters in southern and coastal U.S.A.
It arrives around the beginning of May, and leaves by early October. Because of its liking for impenetrable habitats, it is more often heard than seen.
The food of the American Bittern consists of small fish, amphibians and aquatic invertebrates. It is a patient stand-and-wait predator.
It builds its nest of grass, sedges and dead reeds. It often has separate entrance and exit paths through the dense vegetation.
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