Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53654

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Ardeidae
Genus:Cochlearius
Genus species:Cochlearius cochlearius

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:60 cm
Weight:.59 kg
Identification:The boat-billed heron has a white forehead, throat, and breast. It has large eyes, a chestnut belly, and a broad bill. It is silver-gray in color with a black crown.
Habitat:Swamps, forests near freshwater lagoons
Diet:Carnivore: shrimp, insects, frogs, fish, small mammals
Reproduction:A breeding pair's 2-4 eggs incubate 21-26 days before hatching.
This heron species is usually solitary and very secretive.
Behavior:Because they are nocturnal feeders, boat-billed herons locate their prey by touch.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Herons do not oil their feathers. Instead, they have powder down, a particular kind of feather that is never molted out and continuously grows.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern North America
Northern South America
Date:1965-10 Subjects:long-legged wading bird
Boat-billed heron
Herons
Ardea
Ardeidae
Ciconiiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata