Heliornithidae

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Heliornithidae
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Gruiformes
Family:Heliornithidae
Genera and Species

Podica senegalensis
Heliopais personata
Heliornis fulica

The Heliornithidae are a small family of tropical birds with webbed lobes on their feet similar to those of grebes and coots.

They are birds of swamps and marshes, resembling the rails, but with long necks, bills, and tails, and slim bodies. They feed on fish and water plants.

There are three species. The African Finfoot is found in tropical Africa on streams in woodland. It builds its nest in a tree over water, laying two eggs.

The Masked Finfoot occurs from Eastern India down through southeast Asia to the Wallace Line. It prefers clearings in woodland, and lays up to six eggs in a nest in a tree over water.

The Sungrebe is found in tropical Central and South America, on slow-flowing streams; it lays four eggs in a nest in a bush.

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