Cristalino Jungle Lodge Report: Sep 29-Oct 5, 2011

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by Rich Hoyer on October 4, 2011 · 5 comments

in Birding Neotropics

This week’s update from Cristalino Jungle Lodge takes the form of a series of photos of one of my favorite birds, the Sunbittern.

I’m blown away by taxonomic oddities such as the monotypic family (containing just one species) Eurypygidae. Based on recently analyzed genetic evidence, it and the Kagu from New Caledonia were removed from the clumsy giant order Gruiformes and placed in their own order, Eurypygiformes. One order, two families, two species, and an entire hemisphere apart. Hooray for plate tectonics.

I’ve been guiding lots of guests at Cristalino Jungle Lodge lately, and since everyone gets to see Sunbittern, I try to get them equally fascinated with this species – not only its taxonomy but also its mind-blowing wing pattern, visible only when it flies. It never fails to please.


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  • Robert Mortensen

    Ahh…a bird with butterfly wings!  Sweet!

  • Lee Dingain

    Stunning birds! I never fail to be amazed by these every time I see one. Great shots!

  • Thierry Lach

    Beautiful!  Thanks for sharing!

  • Chatterbirds

    Wow, wow, wow! What a gallery of the neotropical Eurypigiform!

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