Migratory Birds of the Great Lakes University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
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Least Bittern — Description

The Least Bittern has a long neck and long bill. When wading in shallow water or walking on land, its head shoots forward with each step. At the slightest alarm, the bird will freeze and point its bill upward. In this position, due to its coloration, the bird blends perfectly into a background of marsh grasses. This habit of pointing the bill skyward has earned the bittern the nickname “sun-gazer.”