The sunbittern is built with long legs, a slender neck and a long bill with a streamlined body. The sunbittern’s small head is almost fully black with white striping above and below its red eyes. Sunbitterns use their long necks and sharp beak to catch their prey. Sunbitterns are rarely spotted flying and spend most of their time walking. Their long toes allow them to walk through slowly on the wet rainforest floor. They also have a short hind toe that allows them to grip branches while perching. The sunbittern has no close relatives and is the only member of the Eurypygidae family.

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