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n. A species of aquatic bird, ''Heliornis fulica'', in a monotypic genus of the family Heliornithidae, found in Central America and South America.


The sungrebe or American finfoot (Heliornis fulica) is a bird which breeds in tropical Central and South America from southern Mexico to northeast Argentina and southern Brazil.

It is the only member of the genus Heliornis. The Heliornithidae family, to which it belongs, contains just two other species: the African finfoot, Podica senegalensis, and the masked finfootHeliopais personatus, which breeds in eastern India down through southeast Asia to the Wallace Line.

These tropical birds of swamps and marshes have broad lobes on their feet, similar to grebes. These are shy birds which swim in slow-flowing streams and secluded waterways, sometimes partly submerged, like an anhinga.