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Sunbittern
 
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Scientific Name:
Eurypyga helias
Location(s):
Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Central America and Caribbean, Central America excluding Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Global, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, South America, Suriname, Venezuela Read more
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IUCN
Partners in Flight estimate the total population to number 500,000-4,999,999 individuals (A. Panjabi in litt. 2008). ...
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Wikipedia
The Sunbittern is usually placed in the Gruiformes, but this was always considered preliminary. Altogether, the bird is most similar to another enigmatic bird that was provisionally placed in the Gruiformes, the Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus).[ 3] Molecular studies seem to confirm that the Kagu and Sunbittern are each other's closest living relatives.[ 4] [ 5] They are probably not Gruiformes (though the proposed Metaves are just as weakly supported).[ 6] Altogether, the two species seem to form a minor Gondwanan lineage which could also include the extinct adzebills and/or the mesites, and is of unclear relation to the Gruiformes proper. Notably, the Kagu and mesites also have powder down. ...
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