Least Bittern

Least Bittern
-Ixobrychus exilis-

The Least Bittern is one of the world's smallest herons. A secretive resident of dense marsh, often seen straddling reeds to forage on fish, frogs, crustaceans and insects in water too deep for wading. This is also thought to be part of a predator avoidance strategy. When danger threatens it points its beak skyward and sways, imitating windblown reeds. Present in Texas spring through the fall.

Length: 13 inches
Wingspan: 17 inches
Weight: 3.0 ounces