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The boat-billed heron (Cochlearius cochlearius), colloquially known as the boatbill, is an atypical member of

Boat-billed Heron RWD3

the heron family, and was formerly thought to be in a monotypic family, Cochlearidae. It lives in mangrove swamps from Mexico south to Peru and Brazil. It is a nocturnal bird, and breeds semi-colonially in mangrove trees, laying 2–4 bluish white eggs in a twig nest.

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