Sunbittern

Sunbittern

Eurypyga helias

Vital Statistics

Height:

17 - 20 inches long

Weight:

7.7 ounces

Diet:

Dog food, meal worms, capelin, mice and feline chow

Conservation:

Status: Least Concern

Geographic Region

Found in the tropical and sub-tropical wooded banks of streams from southern Mexico south through Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama to western Ecuador, Venezuela, Suriname, and the Guianas, then south to Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia

At The Zoo

Off-exhibit

Did You Know?

To display threats, sunbitterns spread their wings to reveal an orange chestnut, which resembles a setting sun or enormous eyes.