sun bittern

sun bittern

noun
a graceful South American wading bird, Eurypyga helias, related to the cranes and rails, having variegated plumage.

Origin:
1865–70

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sun bittern
 
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a cranelike bird, Eurypyga helias, of tropical American forests, having a greyish plumage with orange and brown wings: family Eurypygidae, order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc)

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sun bittern

(species Eurypyga helias), slender bird of tropical America, the sole member of the family Eurypygidae (order Gruiformes). It has strikingly patterned wings, which the male spreads in courtship and threat displays. The sun bittern is about 43 cm (17 inches) long, with full wings and a long tail beautifully marked in browns, yellows, black, and white. It lives on the ground along forest streams and feeds on insects and crustaceans caught using its bill. It builds a bulky nest in trees and lays two or three rusty to brownish eggs that are incubated by both sexes.

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