Browse the database


Recently Viewed

Sternum (Breast Bone) of the Sunbittern Eurypyga helias (MCZ 347072)

Rotate: left click on mouse
Zoom: right click on mouse (PC) or command and click (Mac)
Move: left and right click simultaneously (PC) or shift and click (Mac)

Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Gruiformes - Eurypygidae - Eurypyga - Eurypyga helias
Species Description
The Sunbittern, the only member of its family (Eurypygidae), lives in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins and northward into southern Central America. A waterbird, it hunts near wooded streams in much the same way as herons do – by waiting motionless in shallow water and striking prey with its bill. The Sunbittern is recognizable by the bright eyespots (red, yellow and black) on the flight feathers; the spots are used during courtship and to frighten predators. Although it is similar in behavior to the herons, its taxonomic relationships are uncertain. The Sunbittern is believed to be closely related to the Kagu, but other relationships are unclear.
Specimen Information
Species Eurypyga helias (Sunbittern)
Element Sternum (Breast Bone)
Specimen Number MCZ 347072
Geological Age Recent
Technical Information
Scanner Roland Picza
Resolution 100 µm
Number of Data Points 185123
Number of Data Polygons 370242
Date Scanned June 30, 2008
Scan Technician Rachael Martinez
Edited By Rachael Martinez

View All 1 Images

Download Digital Model Size
STL File Not Publicly Available 18.5 MB
Other Eurypyga helias (Sunbittern) Elements
Specimen Element
Institution Data Use Policy

© 2024 - Aves 3D • In partnership with:     College of the Holy Cross     Harvard University     National Science Foundation     • Contact Us