American Bittern–Guess What Its Orange Eyes Mean…
These medium-sized herons have warm stripey brown and cream necks which help them blend into the reeds where they are often found. According to AllAboutBirds, “They adopt a classic pose when alarmed, with the beak pointing straight up, helping this streaky bird blend in with its reedy background.”
According to a Fish and Wildlife website, “Adult bitterns have yellow eyes, which turn orange during courtship.”
For fun, check out their percussion like calls at this site. (Their distinctive calls have earned them the names “thunder pumper” and “water-belcher.”)
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