Sunbittern
Eurypya helias

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Range and habitat:
The sunbittern live in heavily forested water edges of the neotropics, from Guatemala to northern Brazil.

Natural diet:
Sunbitterns eat insects, small fish, amphibians and crustaceans.

Size / weight range:
This bird grows to be 18 to 21 inches in length. Females weigh between 165-175 g and males between 195-220 g.  No dimorphic differences in sexes, meaning males and females have the same features. They have long orange legs, a slender neck, a long bill and a stout body with a small head and red eyes.

Interesting facts:
When the wings of the sunbittern are open, the colors resemble an enormous eye that is often used to frighten predators.
Because populations are diminishing due to habitat loss, this species is listed as Threatened.

Location at The Toledo Zoo:
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