Order Gruiformes

Family Heliornithidae

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Division into two subfamilies has been proposed#R: Heliopais and Podica in Podicinae; and Heliornis in Heliornithinae.

  • Medium-sized largely aquatic birds, with brightly coloured lobed toes.
  • Pantropical.
  • Thickly vegetated margins of rivers, lakes and swamps.
  • 26-59 cm.
  • 3 genera, 3 species, 6 taxa.
  • 1 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Bertram, B.C.R. & Bonan, A. (2019). Finfoots (Heliornithidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52230 on 13 December 2019).