Length: 23.6-33.5 in (60-85 cm)

I was lucky to spot this guy as they are shy birds and very well camouflaged. They adopt a classic pose when alarmed, with the beak pointing straight up, helping this streaky bird blend in with its reedy background. They are rarely out in the open. American Bitterns are herons with thick, compact bodies. They have shorter legs and thicker necks than typical herons and a slightly hunched posture.