Conservation status
In serious trouble

While part of the heron family, the bittern is known to be much more secretive than their whanau. You are more likely to hear these bog-dwelling birds before you see them, particularly in mating season when the males are trying to attract females with their foghorn-like “WHOOM”. A vote for bittern is a vote for wetland protection!

Campaign Manager

Ria Kemp

Team Bittern is a group of people who care very much about this shy reclusive bird that is rapidly disappearing as our wetlands diminish. Bittern can sometimes be seen trying to get a feed at the edges of drains in areas where there are no wetlands or if you are lucky out in the the open along flooded paddocks. Did you know they are a reportable species as they are Nationally Critical?