Least Bittern

Least Bittern

Lxobrychus exilis

Size: The Least Bittern is the smallest in the Ardeidae family. It measures from 28 to 36 cm. Its wingspan is 41 to 46 cm and weighs from 51 to 102g.

Habitat: The Least Bittern is found in Ontario in wetland habitats. It makes it’s nest above the ground in vegetation near water hidden from sight.

Diet: This species mainly eats frogs, small fish and aquatic insects.

Native/ Non-native: Native to North America.

Status: The Least Bittern is currently threatened.

Fun Fact: The Least Bittern’s nest is a small platform where the eggs are laid with a canopy like roof made from vegetation that is pulled over the nest.