Wetlands Animals

Boat-billed Heron
Boat-billed Heron
Class: Aves: Birds Diet: Fish, shrimp
Order: Ciconiiformes: Wading birds
Size: 45 - 50 cm (17 3/4 - 19 3/4 in)
Family: Ardeidae: Herons, Bitterns Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Cochlearius cochlearius Habitat: swamps and wetlands
Range: Mexico to Peru and Brazil

Size of Boat-billed HeronThe classification of this species has been the subject of some dispute,and it is sometimes placed in a family on its own. Its only important distinction from other herons is the broad, scoop-like bill. Boat-billed herons generally feed at night on fish and shrimps. The bill seems to be extremely sensitive and opens at the merest touch, drawing in water and prey; it is also used with a scooping action. These birds perform bill-clattering and preening displays, accompanied by vocal signals,at mating time. They nest alone or in groups in trees and bushes. The female lays 2 to 4 eggs which both parents incubate.

Range of Boat-billed Heron
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