Today we have spotted yet another novelty for our birdlist, the Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias, Pavãozinho-do-Pará). It's a very unique bird, belonging to a monotypic family and occurs normally in the Amazon rain forest down to the Mato Grosso state.
Once it opens its wings it's an easy identification, because this is probably the bird with the most amazing wing patterns ! Enjoy these pictures we have shot, they're not good, but give you a glimpse. For better pictures follow this link to our friend's website: Jan Dungel : Painting the Jungle
The sunbittern along the shores of the Rio Negro, MS
The sunbittern showing its wing patterns