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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Sunbitterns

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Eurypygidae

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The only species of the family of Sunbitterns occurs in tropical America from Mexico to the Amazon region. Sunbitterns are about 45 cm long, they have a slender neck, a large head and a long beak. The wings are wide and have an attractive, high-contrast pattern that, when fanned out, is reminiscent of a rising sun. Sunbitterns live individually on the banks of rivers, where they prey on insects, snails and small fish. They may also use bait in the process. The nest of leaves, twigs, moss and mud is built in a tree by both partners. Both incubate the 3 to 4 eggs for about 4 weeks and feed the young until they are fledged after about 3 weeks.

Eurypyga

     helias - Sunbittern (12)

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