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Finfoots, Sungrebes

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Containing group: Gruiformes

Other Names for Heliornithidae


Bertram, B. C. R. 1996. Family Heliornithidae (finfoots). Pages 210-217 in J. Del Hoyo, A. Elliott and J. Sargatal, Editors, Handbook of the Birds of the World, Hoatzin To Auks vol. 3, Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Brooke, R. K. 1984. Taxonomic subdivisions within the Heliornithidae. Ostrich 55(3):171-173.

Fain, M. G., C. Krajewski, and P. Houde. 2007. Phylogeny of “core Gruiformes” (Aves: Grues) and resolution of the Limpkin–Sungrebe problem. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 43 (2): 515-529.

Glenny, F. H. 1967. Main arteries in the neck and thorax of three sun grebes (Helornithidae). Auk 84(3):431-432.

Houde, P. 1994. Evolution of the Heliornithidae: reciprocal illumination by morphology biogeography and DNA hybridization (Aves: Gruiformes). Cladistics 10:1–19.

Louchart, A., C. Mourer-Chauvire, P. Vignaud, H. T. MacKaye, and M. Brunet. 2005. A finfoot from the Late Miocene of Toros Menalla (Chad, Africa): Palaeobiogeographical and palaeoecological implications. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 222(1-2):1-9.

Olson, S.L. 2003. First fossil record of a finfoot (Aves: Heliornithidae) and its biogeographical significance. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 116(3):732–736.

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Scientific Name Heliornis fulica
Location Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, USA
Comments The species is non-migratory, but occurs as a vagrant outside of it's breeding range. It does not appear to be kept in zoos or bird collections. The breeding range extends nominally into central Tamaulipas.
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source DSZ_03835a
Source Collection Flickr
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2008 Jerry Oldenettel
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