A wading bird of the genus Botaurus, allied to the herons, of various species.
relatively small compact tawny-brown heron with nocturnal habits and a booming cry; found in marshes
a long-necked, brownish, wading-bird with a resonant cry
a type of bird
a medium-sized, tawny-brown heron with nocturnal habits and found in marshes
Bitterns are a classification of wading birds in the heron family Ardeidae. Species named as bitterns tend to be the shorter necked, often more secretive members of this family. Called hÃ¦ferblÃ¦te in Old English, the word bittern came to English from Old French butor, itself from Gallo-roman butitaurus, a portmanteau of latin Latin bÅ«tiÅ and taurus.