Question: How did the bittern get its name?

Pliny gave a fanciful derivation from Bos (ox) and taurus (bull), because the bitterns call resembles the bellowing of a bull. The species name lentiginosus is Latin for freckled, from lentigo (freckle), and refers to the speckled plumage. Many folk names are given for its distinctive call.

What family does the bittern bird belong to?

Herons Bitterns/Family Bitterns are birds belonging to the subfamily Botaurinae of the heron family Ardeidae. Bitterns tend to be shorter-necked and more secretive than other members of the family.

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