Saturday, January 12, 2013
Rather B Birdin: Sunbittern
A Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias), a bird that resembles a bittern, but isn't one. It's closest relative is the Kagu, with whom it shares the order of the Eurypygiformes.
Sunbitterns are native to much of the north of South Africa where they forage for insects in forests, preferring wetlands and the banks of rivers. When threatened, they display their strikingly coloured wings - huge eyespots serve to intimidate predators.
And here is another tropical bird I cannot identify. Maybe one of you knows what species it is?
Edit: yep. Anni said Tanager and it's a Brazilian Tanager, I think.
More birds at I'd Rather B Birdin. Photos were taken at Tiergarten Berlin.
Internet Bird Collection