The Least Bittern
The Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis), a threatened species, can be seen in the Outaouais region, primarily in the wetlands bordering the Ottawa River between Gatineau and Papineauville.


Over 300 birds are found along the Ottawa River. Half of these are migratory birds, since the Ottawa river is one of the important stops along the Atlantic Flyway.

The Ottawa River birds are threatened by intensive hunting, and the hydro dam construction.

Some common migratory birds

  • Black Duck
  • Mallard
  • Wood Duck
  • Canada Geese
  • Northern Pintail
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Green-Winged Teal
  • Brant Geese
  • Artic Tern
  • Red-Throated Loon
  • Great Blue Heron

Other birds of interest...

  • Harlequin Ducks
  • Common Goldeneyes
  • Merlin
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-Shouldered Hawk (rare)
  • Peregrine Falcon (threatened)
  • The Least Bittern (threatened)