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Eurypygidae – Sunbittern

Sunbittern in Costa Rica: Photo by Tom Johnson

Welcome to our guides on Eurypygidae, a family found predominantly in Central and South America. With just two species, this family is fascinating.

Overview of Eurypygidae

The Sunbittern, found in wooded streams and marshes of the Neotropics, resembles a heron but with distinctive behaviors. It carefully inspects its surroundings for insects and vertebrates, utilizing its thin neck and stable body to target prey from various angles. When startled, it unveils its striking wings and tail, showcasing a mesmerizing pattern of gold, red, black, and silver.