|Class: Aves: Birds
Gruiformes: Ground nesters
cm (18 in)
||Habitat: forest streams
Central America, South America to Brazil
sunbittern is an elegant bird, with a long bill, slender neck and long
legs. It frequents the well-wooded banks of streams, where it is perfectly
camouflaged in the dappled sunlight by its mottled plumage. Fish, insects
and crustaceans are its main foods, which it hunts from the bank or seizes
with swift thrusts of its bill, while wading in the shallows. In
courtship display, the beautifully plumaged wings are fully spread, revealing
patches of color, and the tips are held forward, framing the head and neck.
The birds also perform a courtship dance, with tail and wings spread. Both
partners help to build the large domed nest in a tree and incubate the
2 or 3 eggs for about 28 days.