French: Butor mirasol German: Südamerikanische Rohrdommel Spanish: Avetoro mirasol
Other common names: South American Bittern
Apparently most closely related to B. lentiginosus. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
B. p. caribaeus
Dickerman, 1961 – E Mexico (Veracruz to Quintana Roo) and Belize.
B. p. pinnatus
(Wagler, 1829) –
El Salvador and SE Nicaragua to W Costa Rica; SW Colombia and W Ecuador E to Trinidad and the Guianas; S Brazil to Paraguay, NE Argentina and Uruguay. Recorded also in Bolivia#R and throughout Brazil but its status unclear.
63·5–76 cm; 584 g. Limited overlap with B. lentiginosus, but separated from latter by black-barred (not uniform buff) crown, rufous-buff (not greyish-... read more
Has booming, far-carrying song typical of large bitterns, used in territory defence and... read more
Shallow freshwater swamps and marshes with stands of tall, dense vegetation, including rushes (... read more
Food and feeding
Little known. Fish (including eels), frogs (Pseudis), snakes (Ophis), rodents and insects (dragonflies and bugs). Largely... read more
Very little known. Jul–Oct on Trinidad and possibly Colombian Andes; May in Mexico; Jul in Costa Rica; Dec in Paraguay; Nov, Jan... read more
Little known. Appears fairly sedentary on Trinidad and in Costa Rica, where recorded in off season... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Apparently rare or uncommon; rarely seen, due to secretive nature, and might be commoner than thought. Range now shown to be more... read more
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