Boatbill Cochleariius cochlearius
is an odd bird
related to the herons.
It derives its name from its broad scoop-like bill.
It lives in mangrove swamps from Mexico south to Peru and Brazil.
It is nocturnal, and nests in trees, laying 2-4 eggs.
The Boatbill makes up one of the families in the order Ciconiiformes, which also includes other wading bird groups:
- Ardeidae herons and bitterns
- Cochlearidae: Boatbill
- Balaenicipitidae Shoebill
- Scopidae Hammerkop
- Ciconiidae: storks
- Threskiornithidae ibises and spoonbills
- Phoenicopteridae flamingos
However, it is also often considered to be a heron in the family Ardeidae
, rather than being given family status.