Sungrebe (Heliornis fulica)

Order: Gruiformes | Family: Heliornithidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Northeast Peru

Age: Adult  | Sex: Female | Loc. Southeast Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~30 cm (16 in). The Sungrebe is mostly brown with a white neck and head. It has a black cap and stripes that run down the sides of the neck. Males have white cheeks with yellow and black bills. Females have reddish cheeks with red and black bills. Toes are lobed. While on the water, the tail is always wet flat on the water surface. Not a real resemblance, but the similar habitat use and name bring to mind the Sunbittern.

Status: The Sungrebe is uncommon in the Amazonian lowlands. Nearly always on water or perched above it. It favors water edges with overhanging vegetation of lakes and slow-flowing creeks and rivers. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Ave de Sol o Yacu Patito

Sub-species: Sungrebe (Heliornis fulica) Boddaert 1783.

Meaning of Name:  Heliornis:  Gr. helios = the sun. ornis: bird. fulica: L. refers to the lobed coot-like toes of a Sungrebe.

See more of the Family Heliornithidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
sungrebe - heliornis fulicaVoice


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo), The Field Museum. on 7/09/2014.