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Cochlearius cochlearius

South and Central America

The Boat-billed Heron has a large boat shaped beak which makes it easy to scoop shrimp form muddy water and catch fish while they swim up stream. Boat-billed Herons communicate through bill-pops which is different from most Herons. The bill-pops sound like humans clapping their hands. Most Herons use visual gestures to communicate with each other. A Boat-billed Heron can be identified by their big black eyes and black and white coloring. .

Habitat: Ponds, streams, forest and marshes
Diet: Insects, shrimp, fish, amphibians, and small mammals.
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Length: 18-20 in.
Incubation: 26 days.
Reproduction & Offspring: Eggs (usually four) are laid in a hollowed out tree cavity. 28 day incubation period.


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