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Boat-billed Heron

(Cochlearius cochlearius)

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Medium-sized grayish heron with large head and very large, broad bill; top of head and inconspicuous crest black; belly rusty brown; immature bird has less black and more brown; to 50 cm (20 in). (Pico-cuchara, Chocuaco).


Aquatic habitats over Caribbean and Pacific lowlands; found in or near marshes, swamps, rivers, mangroves, often perched in trees.

Found in the following Parks:

Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Palo Verde National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius), Costa Rica