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Definition of sunbittern in English:


A tropical American wading bird with a long bill, neck, and legs, having mainly greyish plumage but showing chestnut and orange on the wings when they are spread in display.
  • Eurypyga helias, the only member of the family Eurypygidae
Example sentences
  • Entire avian families, including cotingas, manakins, toucans, and ground antbirds, are essentially confined to the Neotropics, as are such unique species as screamers, trumpeters, sunbittern, hoatzin, and boat-billed heron.
  • The sunbittern is an elegant bird, with a long bill, slender neck and long legs.
  • This is a great opportunity to see herons, cormorants, kingfishers and sunbitterns.


Late 19th century: so named because the pattern on the spread wings resembles a sunset.

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