finfoot

/fin"foot'/, n., pl. finfoots.
any of several aquatic birds of the family Heliornithidae, of South America, Asia, and Africa, related to the rails and coots and characterized by lobate toes. Also called sun grebe.
[1885-90; FIN1 + FOOT]

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bird
also called  sun-grebe 
 any of three species of medium-sized lobe-footed, semiaquatic birds (bird) found in tropical regions around the world. They constitute a family that superficially resembles cormorants (cormorant) but are actually members of the crane order (Gruiformes (gruiform)). Finfoots are named for the lobes on their feet, which enable them both to swim well and to clamber about among fallen trunks and branches of dense forest and scrubland.

      Characteristically, finfoots are brown above and whitish below, with a long, thin neck, a small head, and a strong tapered bill. They are poor flyers, spending most of their time in shady, quiet rivers, half-submerged near overhanging banks, where they feed upon frogs (frog), worms (worm), crustaceans (crustacean), mollusks (mollusk), and insects (insect). They build flat nests (nest) of sticks or reeds among branches of dead trees, laying two to five rounded cream-coloured eggs (egg). The finfoots are shy, scarce, secluded birds. None is more than 60 cm (24 inches) long. The sungrebe, or American finfoot (Heliornis fulica), is only half that size, with a red bill, an olive body, and black-banded yellow toes. The male has skin pouches under the wing in which he carries the naked, helpless chicks from the nest upon hatching, clamping them so tightly that he can carry them even while flying. The species ranges from Veracruz, Mex., to northeastern Argentina.

      The African finfoot (Podica senegalensis) is the largest species, 46–53 cm (18–21 inches) long. It occurs from Senegal to the Congo basin and from Ethiopia to the Cape of Good Hope. It has bright red feet and a slate-gray neck with an ill-defined whitish stripe down the side. The masked, or Asiatic, finfoot (Heliopais personata) is found in Central and Southeast Asia. The feet are bright green, and the sexes can be told apart by the colour of the iris: it is yellow in the female and brown in the male.

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  • Finfoot — Fin foot , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A South American bird ({Heliornis fulica}) allied to the grebes. The name is also applied to several related species of the genus {Podica}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • finfoot — /ˈfɪnfʊt/ (say finfoot) noun (plural finfoots) either of two aquatic birds of the family Heliornithidae, of Asia, Africa and South America, having lobate, webbed feet …   Australian English dictionary

  • finfoot — noun /ˈfɪnfʊt/lang=en Three species of aquatic bird in the family Heliornithidae. Syn: sungrebe …   Wiktionary

  • finfoot — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun (plural finfoots) : sun grebe * * * /fin foot /, n., pl. finfoots. any of several aquatic birds of the family Heliornithidae, of South America, Asia, and Africa, related to the rails and coots and characterized by lobate toes.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • African Finfoot — Taxobox name = African Finfoot status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Gruiformes familia = Heliornithidae genus = Podica genus authority = Lesson, 1831 species = P. senegalensis binomial =… …   Wikipedia

  • Masked Finfoot — Conservation status Endangered (IUCN 3.1) …   Wikipedia

  • African finfoot — afrikinės skiautėtakojės vištelės statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Podica angl. African finfoot vok. Binsenralle, f rus. африканский лапчатоног, m pranc. grébifoulque du Sénégal, f ryšiai: platesnis terminas –… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • African finfoot — afrikinė skiautėtakojė vištelė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Podica senegalensis angl. African finfoot vok. Binsenralle, f rus. африканский лапчатоног, m pranc. grébifoulque d Afrique, f ryšiai: platesnis terminas –… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • masked finfoot — azijinės skiautėtakojės vištelės statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Heliopais angl. masked finfoot vok. Indische Binsenralle, f; Maskenralle, f rus. азиатский лапчатоног, m pranc. grébifoulque asiatique, f ryšiai: platesnis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • masked finfoot — azijinė skiautėtakojė vištelė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Heliopais personata angl. masked finfoot vok. Maskenbinsenralle, f rus. азиатский лапчатоног, m pranc. grébifoulque d Asie, f ryšiai: platesnis terminas –… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

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