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Boat-billed Heron

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About the Boat-billed Heron

Also known as: Boatbill
The Boat-billed Heron is a medium-sized species of heron native to parts of Central and South America. It is found in mangrove swamp habitat where it feeds on aquatic fare including shrimp, insects, fish, and amphibians. Boat-billed Herons are primarily nocturnal.

Boat-billed Herons are named for their large and wide scoop-like bills. In some places they are known simply as Boatbills.

Boat-billed Herons are known for their elaborate courtship displays. Pair-bonding rituals include mock fights, raising and lowering of the head crest, and bill clapping.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 23 December 2015
Scientific Name Cochlearius cochlearius
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Cochlearius
  • C. cochlearius
Birdorable Family Egrets & Other Waders
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 22 August 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
20 inches
21 ounces
Range Central America South America Americas

International Names

  • Arapapá (Brazilian)
  • 船嘴鹭 (Chinese)
  • volavčík člunozobý (Czech)
  • Bådnæb (Danish)
  • Schuitbekreiger (Dutch)
  • ruuhinokka (Finnish)
  • Savacou huppé (French)
  • Kahnschnabel (German)
  • Becco a cucchiaio (Italian)
  • ヒロハシサギ [hirohashisagi] (Japanese)
  • Båtnebbhegre (Norwegian)
  • rakojad (Polish)
  • Arapapa (Portuguese)
  • Челноклюв (Russian)
  • Martinete Cucharón (Spanish)
  • Båtnäbb (Swedish)

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