Eurypyga helias

The sunbittern walks silently along dark forest streams in search of snails, dragonflies, or other insects. Sunbitterns usually live alone and threaten intruders by displaying with wings and tail spread. In flight it has been said to resemble a giant butterfly.

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Nest: In a tree, built of plant matter cemented with mud
Look: In shadows near water or on a low branch

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where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 15 yrs
habitatHabitat: Wetlands
dietDiet: Insects and other small animals