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Sunbittern Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Eurypyga helias
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    The sunbittern can be found from southern Mexico to Bolivia and Brazil.

  • Status

    Common. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Sunbittern Species Survival Plan®, a shared management effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    This species often inhabits forested creeks and streams.

  • Niche

    The sunbittern uses its long, pointed beak to spear the fish that make up its diet.

  • Life History

    The brightly colored patterns on the sunbittern's wings can also be used to attract mates or drive away rivals. Sunbitterns make their nests from sticks, mud and leaves, and both parents cooperate in rearing their young.


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