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A tropical American wading bird with a long bill, neck, and legs, having mainly grayish plumage but showing chestnut and orange on the wings when they are spread in display.
- ‘After breakfast, we board excursion boats and spend the day exploring this flooded realm, seeing wading birds such as white-necked and black-capped herons, wattled jacanas and sunbitterns.’
- ‘Entire avian families, including cotingas, manakins, toucans, and ground antbirds, are essentially confined to the Neotropics, as are such unique species as screamers, trumpeters, sunbittern, hoatzin, and boat-billed heron.’
- ‘The sunbittern is an elegant bird, with a long bill, slender neck and long legs.’
- ‘Because sunbitterns are exceptionally good at catching flies and spiders, sunbittern chicks are sometimes taken from their nests and raised as pets.’
- ‘This is a great opportunity to see herons, cormorants, kingfishers and sunbitterns.’
Late 19th century: so named because of the pattern on the spread wings, which resembles a sunset.
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