Family: Ardeidae (Herons)
Habitat: Lowland raised bog, valley mire and reedbeds.
Size: Length 69-81 cm (27-32 in), wingspan 100-130 cm (39-51 in).
Food: Fish, amphibians and insects.
Voice: Deep soft rising and falling booming. Boom-boom, boom-boom.
Season: All year round. All year round.
IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern
If disturbed, it often points its bill upwards and freezes to blend into the surrounding reeds, an action known as bitterning.