Eurypygidae

Eurypygidae

[‚yu̇r·ə′pij·ə‚dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
The sun bitterns, a family of tropical and subtropical New World birds belonging to the order Gruiformes.

Eurypygidae

 

a family of birds of the order Gruiformes.

The sole species, the sun bittern (Eurypyga helias), is about 45 cm long. The plumage is soft and dense, with white, gray, black, and chestnut speckling and barring. The sun bittern is distributed in tropical America from southern Mexico to central Brazil. It is secretive, occurring singly or in pairs on shaded, often swampy forest floors near bodies of water. Only during the mating season does the male, with tail and broad wings outspread, display himself in a forest clearing. The sun bittern is terrestrial and feeds on insects, small crustaceans, and small fish. The nests, constructed of plant material and mud, are typically placed in trees and shrubs. A clutch contains two eggs; the incubation period is about 28 days.

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Numeros de Grupo ecologico especies en: Familias CHI JIR CAP Aves acuaticas 21 13 27 Phalacrocoracidae, Anhingidae, Ardeidae, Threskiomithidae, Anatidae, Pandionidae, Heliomithidae, Eurypygidae, Rallidae, Jacanidae, Charadriidae, Scolopacidae, Laridae, Alcedinidae Aves de caza 15 4 13 Tinamidae, Cracidae, Odonto horidae, Psophiidae Rapaces diurnas 16 11 15 Accipitridae, Falconidae Aves "aereas" 13 13 13 Cathartidae, Apodidae, Hirundinidae Aves nocturnas 8 8 9 Strigidae, Steatornithidae, Nyctibiidae, Caprimulgidae Aves nectarivoras 17 13 11 Trochilidae, Fam.
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