Bible Birds – Bitterns

Bible Birds – Bitterns

Australasian Bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus) by Ian

Australasian Bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus) by Ian

And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; their voice shall sing in the windows; desolation shall be in the thresholds: for he shall uncover the cedar work. (Zeph. 2:14)

Bitterns are mentioned in 3 verses in the Bible. Isaiah 14:23 , 34:11 and Zephaniah 2:14.

Bitterns are a kind of birds in the heron family, Ardeidae, a family of wading birds. Species named bitterns tend to be the shorter-necked, often more secretive members of this family.

Bitterns part of the heron family.

Bitterns usually frequent reedbeds and similar marshy areas, and feed on amphibians, reptiles, insects, and fish.

Unlike the similar storks, ibises and spoonbills, herons and bitterns fly with their necks retracted, not outstretched.


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An alphabetical list of the Ardeidae- Herons, Bitterns Family:

Agami Heron (Agamia agami)
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)
Ascension Night Heron (Nycticorax olsoni)
Australasian Bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus)
Bare-throated Tiger Heron (Tigrisoma mexicanum)
Bermuda Night Heron (Nyctanassa carcinocatactes)
Black Bittern (Dupetor flavicollis)
Black Heron (Egretta ardesiaca)
Black-backed Bittern (Ixobrychus dubius)
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala)
Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius)
Capped Heron (Pilherodius pileatus)
Chinese Egret (Egretta eulophotes)
Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus)
Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus)
Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi)
Dimorphic Egret (Egretta dimorpha)
Dwarf Bittern (Ixobrychus sturmii)
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus)
Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris)
Fasciated Tiger Heron (Tigrisoma fasciatum)
Forest Bittern (Zonerodius heliosylus)
Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana)
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Humblot’s Heron (Ardea humbloti)
Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)
Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia)
Japanese Night Heron (Gorsachius goisagi)
Javan Pond Heron (Ardeola speciosa)
Lava Heron (Butorides sundevalli)
Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)
Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Malagasy Pond Heron (Ardeola idae)
Malayan Night Heron (Gorsachius melanolophus)
Mauritius Night Heron (Nycticorax mauritianus)
Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus)
New Zealand Bittern (Ixobrychus novaezelandiae)
Pacific Reef Heron (Egretta sacra)
Pied Heron (Egretta picata)
Pinnated Bittern (Botaurus pinnatus)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)
Reunion Night Heron (Nycticorax duboisi)
Rodrigues Night Heron (Nycticorax megacephalus)
Rufescent Tiger Heron (Tigrisoma lineatum)
Rufous-bellied Heron (Ardeola rufiventris)
Slaty Egret (Egretta vinaceigula)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Stripe-backed Bittern (Ixobrychus involucris)
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)
Von Schrenck’s Bittern (Ixobrychus eurhythmus)
Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Western Reef Heron (Egretta gularis)
Whistling Heron (Syrigma sibilatrix)
White-backed Night Heron (Gorsachius leuconotus)
White-bellied Heron (Ardea insignis)
White-crested Tiger Heron (Tigriornis leucolopha)
White-eared Night Heron (Gorsachius magnificus)
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis)
Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Zigzag Heron (Zebrilus undulatus)

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