Eurasian Bittern
Eurasian Bittern
Eurasian Bittern
Scientific Name 
Botaurus stellaris
Arabic Name 
الواق الكبير
Kuwaiti name 
بو الخصيف
130.0 cm
75.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Scarce passage migrant and rare winter visitor. Usually solitary but sometimes migrating in small groups. The species has declined in many parts of its range, although it is not approaching the thresholds for Vulnerable status.
Where in Kuwait 
A cryptic denizen of reed swamps and often on agricultural lands in Kuwait that is probably under-recorded due to its secret and unobtrusive habits.
In the world 
This species has an extremely large range with some populations being sedentary due to mild winters. It is the continental populations that are largely migratory and it has very restrictive breeding habitat requirements.
Local threats 
Habitat degradation and pesticides.