finfoot

finfoot

[fin-foot]
noun, plural finfoots.
any of several aquatic birds of the family Heliornithidae, of South America, Asia, and Africa, related to the rails and coots and characterized by lobate toes.
Also called sun grebe.


Origin:
1885–90; fin1 + foot

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finfoot (ˈfɪnˌfʊt)
 
n , pl -foots
Also called: sungrebe any aquatic bird of the tropical and subtropical family Heliornithidae, having broadly lobed toes, a long slender head and neck, and pale brown plumage: order Gruiformes (cranes, rails etc)

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finfoot

any of three species of medium-sized, semiaquatic birds constituting the family Heliornithidae (order Gruiformes). Characteristically, they are brown above and whitish below, with lobed feet. They are poor flyers, spending most of their time in shady, quiet rivers, half-submerged near overhanging banks. None is more than 60 cm (2 feet) long. The olive-coloured American finfoot (Heliornis fulica) is only half that size, with red bill and black-banded yellow toes; it ranges from Veracruz, Mex., to northeastern Argentina

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