Sungrebe Heliornis fulica

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

Priorities for Future Research

The elusiveness of the Sungrebe has made it difficult to observe and study. Although some aspects of its life have been well documented, other basic information is not know, such as its daily habits. Most interestingly, Sungrebes are known to have a pouch to mobilize newborn, helpless chicks, but it is not known how the male Sungrebe places the chicks in the pouch, and how the chicks are fed and further develop within the pouch. Further research may help biologists to understand how this is beneficial and why it has arisen in only one of the three species of Heliornithidae.

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.