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Boat-Billed Heron

Cochlearius cochlearius


About 40 cm high, with dark blue, almost black, crown. Its dark blue scoop-like bill is perfect for catching fish in the swamp and surrounding rivers.


Spotted patiently hunting for fish in a mangrove swamp near Kelly Creek in the national park.


Spotted in Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica

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DavidMroczkowski 5 years ago


Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Wonderful spotting of an interesting and unusual bird!

LarryGraziano 6 years ago

Wonderful spotting!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Incredible bird. Congratulations.

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

MehmetKaraca 6 years ago

bu harika

Ingrid3 6 years ago

What a remarkable set of hues!

SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Fabulous...what a beak!

doreen.chambers.14 6 years ago

So very pretty.

AshleyT 6 years ago

What an awesome bird! Great photos

Provincia Limón, Costa Rica

Spotted on Mar 19, 2015
Submitted on Apr 22, 2015


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