They winter in the southern U.S. down to Mexico and the Caribbean. They breed in summer in wetlands across most of the U.S. and Canada.
They are found in marshy wetlands.
They are mottled brown with a black cheek streak and long, pointed beak. They can be more than 2 feet tall.
They are very shy and hide in tall plants, standing with head pointed up to blend in with the reeds. They are active at night (nocturnal). They live alone.
They eat mostly fish or other wetland life, like frogs, crabs and insects.
They lay 4-6 eggs.
Species: B. lentiginosus
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