Sungrebe Heliornis fulica

  • Order: Gruiformes
  • Family: Heliornithidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Miles K. Luo


Conservation Status

Given that the distributional range is very large and that the species is not directly targeted for human use, BirdLife International (2009) rates the conservation status of the Sungrebe as of Least Concern.

Effects of human activity on populations

At present, there is no apparent conservation risk. In the long term, however, Sungrebes may be vulnerable due to the spread of human activities causing a shrinkage of habitat. Tropical wetland areas are highly productive and are attractive targets for agricultural usage. The Sungrebe's penchant for cover and undisturbed areas may limit its adaptability to further human development. Nevertheless, the future of the Sungrebe is brighter than those of the African Finfoot and the Masked Finfoot, whose distributions cover areas with a much higher density of humans (Alvarez del Toro 1971, Dugan 1993).

Recommended Citation

Luo, M. K. (2010). Sungrebe (Heliornis fulica), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.