sungrebe, American finfoot (Heliornis fulica)
Sungrebe in Costa Rica
Date 11 September 2007
Source http://www.flickr.com/photos/philwitt/1363066512/, phil w.
Author P. Witt
The sungrebe or American finfoot (Heliornis fulica) is a bird which breeds in tropical Central and South America from southern Mexico to northeast Argentina and southern Brazil. It is the only member of the genus Heliornis. The Heliornithidae family, to which it belongs, contains just two other species: the African finfoot, Podica senegalensis, and the masked finfoot Heliopais personatus, which breeds in eastern India down through southeast Asia to the Wallace Line. Order: Gruiformes, Family: Heliornithidae, Genus: Heliornis, Species: Heliornis fulica Boddaert, 1783.