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Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius)
Boat-billed Heron, Jacksonville Zoo, Jacksonville, Florida, United States.
Photograph by Patrick Coin. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
BOAT-BILLED HERON FACTSDescription
The Boat-billed Heron is an unusual heron with a large broad scoop-shaped black bill and a crest. The crown and upper back are dark gray. The wings and lower back are light grey. The face, throat and breast are white. The belly is reddish brown with black flanks. Immature birds are mainly brown above and whitish brown below. It is a nocturnal bird,
fish, crustaceans, insects.
breeds in loose colonies in mangrove trees. Lays a clutch of 2-4 bluish white eggs. The nest is made from twigs..
Mexico south to Peru and Brazil