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Great Britain

Set B1 - British Birds - card information

20. The Bittern
(Botaurus stellaris)

20. The Bittern

A strange bird is the Bittern, that inhabitant of the Fenlands and the reed beds, which once common in Britain, was exterminated as a breeding species, but has come back and is now well re-established on the Norfolk Broads. Here in early summer we may hear the male calling, uttering that booming note like the bellow of a bull or the roar of the foghorn. Here too female makes her nest in the depths of the reed bed, and rears her quaint chicks, so strange looking in sandy-red down with greenish beaks and feet.