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sun bittern

  1. a graceful South American wading bird, Eurypyga helias, related to the cranes and rails, having variegated plumage.
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Origin of sun bittern

First recorded in 1865–70
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  • The sun-bittern (Eurypyga) forms a family of itself, allied to the rails and cranes.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4


British Dictionary definitions for sun bittern

sun bittern

  1. a cranelike bird, Eurypyga helias, of tropical American forests, having a greyish plumage with orange and brown wings: family Eurypygidae, order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc)
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