Sunbittern

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Sunbittern
Conservation status: Secure
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Gruiformes
Family:Eurypigidae
Genus:Eurypiga
Species:E. helias
Binomial name
Eurypiga helias
Pallas, 1781

The Sunbittern (Eurypiga helias) is a bittern-like bird of tropical America.

It frequents forest streams, hunting fish in the same way as a heron. The wings are patterned with black, grey and brown, and are displayed in courtship.

The domed nest is built in a tree. Two grey eggs are laid.

Although the sunbittern is usually placed in the Gruiformes, morphologically the Sunbittern is close to the herons and their relatives and there is strong evidence that the Sunbittern is related to another doubtful member of the Gruiformes, the Kagu.

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