Boat-billed Heron

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.
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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 23 December 2015
Scientific Name
Cochlearius cochlearius
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Cochlearius
  • C. cochlearius
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 23 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
20 inches
21 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Arapapá
Chinese (汉语) 船嘴鹭
Czech (Cesky) volavčík člunozobý
Danish (Dansk) Bådnæb
Dutch (Nederlands) Schuitbekreiger
Finnish (Suomi) ruuhinokka
French (Français) Savacou huppé
German (Deutsch) Kahnschnabel
Italian (Italiano) Becco a cucchiaio
Japanese (日本語) ヒロハシサギ [hirohashisagi]
Norwegian (Norsk) Båtnebbhegre
Polish (Polski) rakojad
Portuguese (Português) Arapapa
Russian (русский язык) Челноклюв
Spanish (Español) Martinete Cucharón
Swedish (Svenska) Båtnäbb
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