sun bittern


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sun bittern

n.
A bitternlike bird (Eurypyga helias) of tropical Central and South America, having mottled brownish plumage and often spreading its wings and tail in a showy display.

sun bittern

n
(Animals) 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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n.
a graceful Neotropical wading bird, Eurypyga helias, related to the cranes and rails, having variegated plumage that produces a sunburst effect when spread in display.
[1865–70]
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