Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlerius)

The Boat-billed Heron is a very weird looking bird. The beak is pretty unique among the Heron family, as most of them have slender beaks that can pierce through flesh to snatch prey, yet this bird has a wide beak that can’t really pierce through anything. Like Night-Herons, the adult shows feathers that extend from the head towards the back of the bird, much like styled hair. They perch in mangrove forests in groups and seem to be undisturbed by people that approach them.

The pictures below were taken during a boat tour in the Tárcoles River, on June 18th, 2017. The tour was guided by Randall Ortega, an expert birder and owner of Mangrove Birding Journey.

Boat-billed Heron, Adult - Cochlearius cochlerius - Martinete Cucharón, Pico Cuchara, Chocuaco, Adulto

A Boat-billed Heron hiding within the Mangrove forest. They perch in groups, basically at eye level, and give their guttural call once in a while

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