Boat-Billed Heron

Cochlearius cochlearius

Body Length:21"
Tail Length:7"
Weight:21 oz
Geographic Distribution: Central America and northern South America
Habitat:Mangroves, coastal and inland waterways
Wild Diet:Fish, crustaceans, insects, and amphibians
Zoo Diet:Capelin, lake smelt, silversides
Status in the Wild:Least Concern
Location:The Swamp

Boat-billed herons are medium sized, sturdily built herons with long black crest and upper back plumes, and a beige chest and throat. Its most recognizable feature is the thick, wide, boat-shaped black bill it sports.